THE latest meeting of Upwell Parish Council opened with a discussion on the problem of anti-social behaviour in the parish, following a complaint to councillors at the surgery before the meeting by residents. Both Upwell and Outwell have experienced a spa
THE latest meeting of Upwell Parish Council opened with a discussion on the problem of anti-social behaviour in the parish, following a complaint to councillors at the surgery before the meeting by residents. Both Upwell and Outwell have experienced a spate of recent incidents: ducks and swans being shot with BB guns, windows smashed, gardens vandalised, noise nuisance, and graffiti being daubed on private and public property. A number of possible solutions were discussed and a meeting is being sought between members of Outwell Parish Council, the local police and ASBO co-ordinators early in January. Anyone with information, or who has witnessed any such behaviour, is invited to contact the police or the council (01945 772260) to file a report. If enough evidence can be gathered, it is hoped the offenders will be prosecuted. A meeting of the council's overview committee was called for by the meeting, to push forward objectives for the community identified in the Parish Plan. It is hoped the meeting, scheduled for this month, will identify and prioritise projects and activities called for in the plan, some of which are already under way. The council adopted a new equal opportunities policy. This was in addition to the child protection policy adopted last month. These new policy documents bring the council into line with recent legislation and are vital if applications for funding are to be successful. Councillor Humm introduced a proposal to initiate a Home Watch scheme. The Home Watch organisation acts under the umbrella of the police and enables a community or group of neighbours to combine with the aim of reducing crime within the community. It was agreed that Ed Moss, Home Watch administrator from the community safety section of King's Lynn police, would be invited to address the council at its full meeting on February 12. The next meeting of the council is scheduled for Monday, January 15 at the village hall (7.30pm) when councillors will hear a presentation by the Parish Youth Council, and the possible installation of a community information point at Upwell will be discussed. There will be a councillor surgery for half-an-hour before the meeting for people to raise issues with the council.