Speaking out for Poulton

Community Beat Manager for Poulton PC Andrea Banks (left) and PCSO Chrissie Grimshaw chat to passers-by yesterday.
Community Beat Manager for Poulton PC Andrea Banks (left) and PCSO Chrissie Grimshaw chat to passers-by yesterday.

Crime fears in Poulton was one of the main topics tackled during a roadshow in the town.

Wyre Council’s Taking Pride event set up shop outside The Old Town Hall pub in Market Square, where residents could air concerns about issues in their neighbourhood.

Community leaders were joined by police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards to speak with people and provide advice on dealing with anti-social behaviour, preventing fires in homes and issues with roads and pavements.

Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council and Breck ward councillor, said: “We wanted to be there as a presence so people can talk to their councillors, tell them what their concerns are and help people to improve their areas.

“A lot of the people were bringing up issues of roads and pavements with me.

“The police were there and gave anti social behaviour advice and the fire service gave advice to elderly people, especially on fire safety.

“People are always pleased with these events and are happy to come along and get involved.”

Maxine Ferguson, from The Old Town Hall, said: “A lot of the crime around here is down to the parents not knowing where their kids are.

“A lot of them play outside now and again and cause trouble by kicking footballs around.

“Kids who are on the streets in the town centre shouldn’t be there after a certain time and their parents need to know where they are.”

The week of programmes in the town will be used to re-form Poulton’s Pub Watch, which was disbanded last year, to create a safer environment in bars.

Coun Gibson added: “It isn’t that much of an issue with trouble but we thought it would be a good idea to get it up and running.

“This isn’t a massive issue but it’s always useful to get people to see where improvements can be made and involve the licensees in the town.

“When we look at doing Taking Pride events we see where we can bring things forward to make improvements and one of the things in community safety is re-instating a Pub Watch scheme.”

Another event will take place on Thursday outside Booths supermarket, on Normoss Road, from 11am to 2pm.

Wyre Council’s Bulky Matters service will be in operation during the week to collect and recycle unwanted items.

Collections cost £18 for up to three items and can be booked by calling (01253) 891000.