Yesterday Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, held a meeting with PCC Nick Alston and Councillors Little and Wootton to discuss tackling pervasive local crime issues.
At the top of the agenda was the issue of dogging in the redundant A128 loop near to Pear tree lane – a problem that has caused great upset to local residents.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “I have had a number of constituents contacting me about the wholly inappropriate and illegal practice of dogging in the redundant A128 loop near to Pear tree lane. I can entirely understand why it has caused such great upset and would like to congratulate my colleague Cllr Sue Little for all she has done to tackle these problems. It has been going on for too long and something must be done to stop it.”
“We are determined to tackle this problem and I will work closely with PCC Nick Alston, local Councillors and Essex Police to ensure that residents are free from this scourge on the community.”
Cllr Sue Little said: "It was a delight to welcome the new police crime commissioner Nick Alston along with our MP Stephen Metcalfe into my ward. Our discussions were fruitful with a real commitment from Nick in helping the police to become more effective in dealing with residents issues in our rural community. It was really refreshing to know our voices are being heard and action being taken."
The meeting also covered policing issues in the areas of Bulphan, Orsett and Horndon-on-the Hill and proved a productive means of pooling local knowledge to fully understand the problems affecting residents in the area.
Stephen Metcalfe added: “It is great to be able to work with an elected and accountable Police Commissioner to tackle local crime issues. Mr Alston is committed to improving policing and cutting crime in Basildon and Thurrock and I obviously fully support these objectives.”
“I look forward to seeing real improvements as a result of this meeting and sincerely hope that residents will start noticing a difference in the near future.”