Barb's Wire with Councillor Barbara Driver
I SEE the police need help with volunteers on a Friday and Saturday to control what goes on within the so-called night-time economy.
Perhaps what we should be addressing more is the cause of the problem, which would help the police and volunteers.
We have to start to think about making the town centre a place where everyone can have fun, even in the evenings.
More family-orientated and different types of interests have to be thought about and addressed. We need something like another Axiom Arts Centre, which so many people enjoyed.
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I have the highest regard for the police, and indeed all the emergency services, like the fire service and the voluntary lifeboat service, and would like to say a very large thank you to all for doing the job they do. When there is trouble the police are often criticised for going in too strongly or not strongly enough, it seems they cannot win.
My condolences go out to the families of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes who, while doing their job, died in Manchester a couple of weeks ago.
Fire fighters risk their own safety to help others but we take it for granted they will do just that if we are in trouble.
Those in these emergency services are special people. Perhaps it would be good to hold a Honour our Emergency Services celebration day in Cheltenham. It would also be a fun family day.
The PCSOs have done a great job since they started a few years ago as the contact between residents and the police.
The Town Centre SCT has set up the Town Centre Co-ordination Group, chaired by Bernice Thompson of the West End Partnership. One area of the town centre that needs a little TLC is St Mary's Churchyard, so they have organised a group of people living or active within the town centre, which includes Peer Ormerod from Friends of St Mary's Church, to do just that. This is one exciting project which came about because the Gloucestershire police put PCSOs in place. Hopefully this green area will be turned into a jewel in the centre of town for all to enjoy.
The PCSOs can be seen working and making contact with residents all over Cheltenham which I trust will be supported and enhanced when we change to an elected police commissioner in November.