Safety improves in Harfield Road

2018-06-19 06:00

There has been a slight improvement in safety and security in Harfield Road near Kenilworth Railway Station since previous reports last year.

It is reported that there have been fewer robberies in areas that were previously reported as problematic.

In last year’s report (“Barkly House now a danger”, People’s Post, 4 July 2017) the residents were frustrated at the high number of attacks and robberies, as well as litter and prostitution in the area.

Guy Harris, a resident, confirms that the situation in the road has improved slightly, with the exception of the issue of littering.

He says the residents wish the local council could provide more resources and enforce bylaws against anyone implicated in illegal dumping and littering.

According to him, the situation is slowly escalating from the station to the residential area.

“We would like our councillor to help with extra bins along the road so that people can stop throwing empty packets anywhere. This is not good for our community – there should be a sort of law enforcement implemented in the area to prevent this from escalating.

“It is the only concern that has not improved in a while. We have not had lots of robberies recently, the safety is surely getting better.”

Ward councillor Ian Iversen says all requests for rubbish bins are considered by the cleansing branch.

Iversen says bins are usually placed where there is high foot traffic.

“[In] Harfield Road the station would be an obvious place. If there is a litter problem at the moment maybe it has been caused by the construction of an apartment block in Harfield Road and workmen dropping items in the road.”

He says this matter has been actioned and he hopes that bins will be well used so that the litter problem in this specific area can be addressed.

Derek Bluck, chairperson of the Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch, confirms that safety and security has improved compared to last year.

He says the watch continues to work closely with police and residents to eradicate criminal elements.

Bluck says cooperation between stakeholders sharing the same goals of improving the community is key.

Commenting on the issue of prostitution, Bluck says there will be a committee meeting where a strategy to tackle the problem will be discussed. He says that although there has been no increase in incidents, the problem remains the same and continues to be a concern.

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