Thursday, February 08, 2007

Community Safety Panels - are they real?

According to the Council website there are four "Community Safety Panels" in the Borough, Woolwich, Eltham, Thamesmead and Greenwich. These panels each have a named councillor as a chair and give all of us the chance to
  • meet their local Safer Neighbourhood Team
  • say where they think the anti-social behaviour hotspots are in the area
  • find out about the recently agreed Crime and Disorder Strategy for Greenwich
  • visit the stalls and exhibitions of organisations involved with crime and safety matters, such as the Police, the Fire Brigade and the Council’s Cleansweep service
  • raise individual crime and safety queries
Where and when are these panels you may wonder? Well the same page say that if you want to "find out when and where the next meeting will be, take a look at the Meeting Schedule".

We had a look, and there is no mention of Community Safety Panels in either the "latest meeting schedule" or the "annual programme of meetings 2006 to 2007". Could this be another case of the Council thinking that saying something is happening is the same as doing it?


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