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'No issues' reflect residents' satisfaction
The Chipping Norton community safety workshop due to be held at Chipping Norton School on Thursday (24/01) has been cancelled as only ten local residents booked to attend. This is despite the workshop being advertised through the local media, on local websites, and by distributing flyers and posters in local communities.
Those who had booked places have been invited to attend and contribute to a stakeholders meeting on Friday evening instead. This will be attended by representatives from Thames Valley Police, West Oxfordshire District Council and Chipping Norton Town Council.
The meeting will evaluate the success of the 18-point action plan devised for the town last October. The focus will be on criminal damage following the recent British Crime Survey figures that show this is the only crime that rose in Chipping Norton during the last year.
Burglaries fell by 28% and vehicle crime and common assault both fell by 10%. Overall crime has decreased in Chipping Norton by 7%.
Bill Oddy, Head of Community Services at West Oxfordshire District Council said: “We're disappointed at the lack of response to this workshop although we recently completed a survey with 327 people in the Chipping Norton area that indicated 99% of residents felt safe during the daytime and 86% felt safe walking around at night. The priorities people identified were Speeding, No issues, anti social behaviour, and parking. We will be working hard with stakeholders and the neighbourhood Action Group to tackle these issues in 2008. The meeting on Friday will ensure members of the public who have expressed an interest in attending a public meeting will be able to listen to what is being done to tackle crime and disorder in the Chipping Norton area and outline their concerns and contribute the problem solving process.”
: 24/01/2008 11:13:09
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