Saffron Walden Town Council is exploring the direct funding of local policing to address the Police Commissioner’s withdrawal of policing from Uttlesford and the 13% annual increase in crime, Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has announced.
Cllr Asker continued “Crime in Essex has risen 65% faster than the country’s average and is rapidly increasing. In fact it is nearly 13% higher than a year ago. Our police are also 20% worse at catching criminals than the national average. No wonder Essex residents are significantly less satisfied with their police than the national average. To be clear we strongly support the police themselves and they do an outstanding job with the resources they are given. But the Police Commissioner’s strategy of budget cuts and replacing local Bobbies on the beat with ‘techno-cops’ based in Braintree is not the solution. Criminals are back down the M11 before the police even cross the Uttlesford border. So we’ve decided to act. We need uniformed officers right here, right now. So R4U has sponsored a Town Council motion to look into the feasibility of the Town Council funding local PSCOs, and it was approved last week with good cross-party support.”
Cllr Fairhurst continued “Funding the Town’s own PSCOs is a complex issue, but as elected councillors it is important that we listen to what local people say and implement plans to meet their needs, even if it would seem that those needs should be filled by others. And the issues we’ve seen in Saffron Walden are faced elsewhere in the district; for example there have been recent bank raids in Dunmow. So we are happy to share our findings with other Uttlesford town and parish councils. And of course we’ll keep residents posted as we explore the proposal.”
About Residents for Uttlesford
Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for the views of the residents of the area. The party believes that on local issues locals should decide, not the Westminster party whip.
Uttlesford residents achieved substantial election gains in May 2015. Election successes were based on the group’s localism advocacy platform and the desire to create and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
Residents for Uttlesford has 11 Uttlesford District Councillors and many Town and Parish Councillors. It is the Second Party at Uttlesford District Council and the first party at Saffron Walden Town Council.