Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

Yer gorra laugh. Did you think “about bleedin’ time” or “blimey they are finally doing something” – think again. Having messed up their politically correct social experiments big time, buried the Police under Paper Mountain, neutered Local Government, they now want to hold a series of free training events up and down the country during February and March to teach YOU how to deal with the mess they have created. Oh Yes, it’s the Communities and Local Government Department – anyone would think there is a General Election due. Anyway, enough of my cynicism; here are the details for Redbridge.

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour
Free training event

for local residents, community activists, volunteers, front-line staff and anyone else but not us involved in dealing with and/or clearing up our mess tackling anti-social behaviour.

Have you ever felt powerless to do anything about MPs expenses, bankers bonuses, Corporate pollution graffiti, vandalism or noisy neighbours?

"Do you want to know more about who you can contact to deal with problems like these and the powers available to help?" Clue, it’s not us!

This free event paid for by you the taxpayer will offer practical advice to attendees on what can be done and how you can work together to tackle neighbourhood anti-social behaviour issues. It will pass on lessons from those who have succeeded no thanks to us in bringing about change through the power of not bothering to vote for us collective action.

Thursday 25 February 2010
9.15am - 3.30pm
Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, IG1 1DD
To book your place:
Call: 0845 680 9754
(Calls charged at local rate, lines open 9.00-6.00pm Monday to Friday)

Agenda

18 comments:

  1. If they want a 'practical', they can contact me!
    Spoilt for choice in my neck of woods.
    However, what is getting me going seriously is the pathetic redbridgei forum. Somebody reports antisocial behaviour (the dropping of recycling litter in the street) and nobody higher up comes up with a solution. That is antisocial, right at the top.
    annesevant

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  2. What a load of old hollyhocks. The most effective remedy for anti-social behaviour has to be a clip round the ear followed by a week in the stocks.

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  3. I'm going to surprise you and say that, having checked this out, it looks like a good idea.

    'They' don't create a society or tolerate its misdeeds, 'We' do or don't.

    'We' have allowed ourselves to be browbeaten and subdued by 'Them': the petty officials, the rude clerks, the jobsworths, and it is time we fought back.

    If these courses help 'We' to find out where help is available, how to ask for it and perhaps how to even demand it, then they are of use.

    And boy, is it time that local residents stopped expecting someone else to report the littering, the graffiti etc, and start doing it themselves!

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  4. Reporting graffitti (etc,..) is absolutely fine and can even be done anonymously, online, without having to face an unpleasant phonecall (point of view from a seasoned foreigner, me. If you have not experienced it because you own an acceptable accent, you won't know what I am talking about!)
    What infuriates me is that the Council services are making good the damage but do not target the culprits even if given precise details.
    So,perhaps, pseudolus (see redi forum) should have been public spirited, picked up the bottle and put it with his own refuse?
    A solution, for sure, but an easy way out for the lazy paid employees. (To be fair, the team working on our street are a shining example, so the case highlighted was an isolated event. All the same,...!)
    annesevant

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  5. I have signed up to attend this event and will report back!

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  6. Are you willing to submit a guest post?

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  7. Irt's nice to see Morris taking up an idea I've going on about for about 15 years: a set of stocks sited on Fullwell Cross roundabout.

    Every Saturday or Sunday we can have a weekly (or monthly) event...
    let's do it before they flatten the roundabout.

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  8. Any system that deals with ASB should be carefully thought out and administered. The present system Redbridge has can be abused by anyone seeking to cause aggravation to someone they
    have taken a dislike to. For instance all I need to do is phone up the 'hotline' with a fictitious story of ASB by a person or persons, they don't even have to live near to me, just give their address and complaint. The ASB team will send out a letter to the accused, mentioning the nature of the complaint, without checking my details or asking me for evidence. The letter will warn them if another complaint is received "it
    may lead to legal action".
    A very worrying situation if the
    person making the complaint has got their details wrong, such as the address of the ASB people. If we are providing easier ways to bring action against such people the system has to be a lot tighter in checking out details before they send out any warning letters. Like many ideas they are basically good but they need to be well thought out first, not rushed through just before a Gen. Election. If you think what I have said couldn't happen you are wrong.
    Ron King.

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  9. Thank you to Barkingside 21 for providing the link to the website.
    When contacted using the phone number provided on the form, the person answering the call refused to book a place and referred to the online booking facility. (Not right because not everybody has an email address.)
    annesevant

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  10. To answer B21 - I will give the matter of a "Guest Post" serious consideration.

    It all depends on whether there is anythong worth reporting!

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  11. Yes, Ray, but we differ to the extent that I regard the proposal as a form of punishment, not one of perverse gratification.

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  12. And by the way, Ray, if Fullwell Cross roundabout ever should be flattened and become just another cross roads, then completion of the work could be marked in the traditional way associated with cross roads in olden times (as you may remember, but it was before my time). Erect a gibbet and hang all those traitors who may have ignored the public mood so elequently expressed at the meeting on 1 February.

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  13. Do you think regen work will start on Fullwell X roundabout before or after the severely damaged wall at the front of Ilford County High School gets mended?

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  14. I am told my presence is required at the ASB event - this was done with just about a weeks notice from the Dept of Local Govt and Communities Instead of 'debating' the ills of anti social behaviour why not actually do something about it? I could bring a whole new meaning to the terms 'hanging baskets' plus I would employ some out of work 'chippies' and set up stocks and pillories outside the Barkingside Magistrates Court - well I did say I wasn't pc didn't I??

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  15. Judith - ask the insurance company and Redbridge Council. And it you want to "take a pop" at me, you have my contact details (telephone number and email address) just as I have your full identity.

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  16. Pardon? I wasn't aware you had taken up bricklaying, Morris, I was commenting on the delay in mending the school wall.

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  17. Yes Judith - so address your sarcastic comments to the insurance company and Deadbridge council.

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  18. Morris, Judith.
    Please take this off line.

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