Great Dawley Town Council and local Ward Councillors have grave concerns about the level of anti-social behaviour and increased number of incidents being reported at the band stand in Dawley High Street, which has seen the number of incidents increase tenfold.
The Town Council is receiving an increase in the number of calls from worried public raising concerns and informing on incidents, which is worrying for both the businesses in the High Street and for the safety of residents and visitors. Local Ward Councillors have been contacted through social media from unhappy residents who want to protect and use the shops and businesses in the High Street but who feel unsafe to visit.
Both the Town Council and local Ward Councillors have been raising the issues for months with the police and are frustrated with the lack of action. They want to work together to try and reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) and have jointly written to the Police and Crime Commissioner asking for urgent action.
The Town Council are calling on all residents and businesses to report their concerns at the time directly to the police using 101 or 999 for emergencies, or anonymously using crime stoppers using 0800 555 111 or online using www.westmercia.police.uk/report. Working together and reporting these incidents our community cannot be ignored.
Dawley High Street has only just started to re-open in-line with the changes to the Government restrictions due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, both the Town Council and Ward Councillors want to make the High Street a central part of the community but this is being hampered due to the continued and increase incidents. This is already a very difficult and worrying time for High Streets, businesses and law abiding residents have a right to go on with daily lives without all these issues, added pressure and fear.
Councillor Davies, Chair of Great Dawley Town Council said ‘The past month has seen an increase in incidents and the levels are now unprecedented. We cannot tolerate this toxic behaviour in our High Street any longer and need urgent police action to provide a safe environment for our community’
Dawley Town Council and Ward Councillors are calling for a round-table meeting regarding this urgent issue and are asking for this to take place next week with key partners to start the process to eradicate this huge problem in our community.
Councillor Andy Burford, Ward Councillor for Dawley & Aqueduct said ‘Dawley has one of the most traditional High Streets in our borough, with fantastic independent shops and businesses who have worked extremely hard to maintain their business during this difficult time and this ASB is damaging their future prospects.’
The Town Council have been in contact with partner agencies who specialise in the mental well-being and addiction, but due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic they are unable to provide an outreach service at this time.
Councillor Concepta Cassar, Ward Councillor for Dawley & Aqueduct said ‘We really need action and for the concerns of everyone to be taken seriously. It is really disturbing to hear from so many residents with their complaints and reports, I am so worried about our community. We want the community to know we are listening and are trying our damnedest we can do ensure people can continue to feel safe’
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