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Post letters: Police funding, fly-tipping, Sanofi site, Barking station and Investors in People

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 April 2019

The government and Met are under pressure to increase police numbers. Picture: PA

The government and Met are under pressure to increase police numbers. Picture: PA

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Government must fund our police

A Barking resident, full address supplied, writes:

After raising over £1.5m in three years from council tenants and leaseholders, I still see no additional police presence on our streets.

This levy was introduced by Barking and Dagenham Council to help combat crime on council estates (initially Gascoigne).

A weekly charge of 50p gave us eight Pcs and one sergeant on two shifts seven days per week from 7am until midnight.

This agreement is with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) which is that the Met Police will match any funding by the local authority. This means that for every police constable the residents fund, the Met match our funding, thereby giving us two police officers for the price of own.

Speaking to Darren Rodwell (council leader) at the Tenants Federation Conference, he stated that the Met are now not going to match this.

This grossly unfair tax on council tenants and leaseholders (homeowners do not pay) penalises tenants for not buying their council houses!

Either all residents pay for additional policing or none!

The loss of 20,000 police officers is a government issue and it is not up to councils to make up this loss!!

Fly-tipping needs addressing asap

B Davis, Wix Road, Dagenham, writes:

The Post published an account of a committee meeting where My Space cleansing services director Robert Overall, suggested residents should sweep the pavements outside their homes (Post).

Cllr Jones apparently remarked at the same meeting that “the council doesn’t create the rubbish strewn on the on the borough’s streets”, and that: “Residents need to be asking if you have rubbish in your street, who is dropping it?”

While I have no problem in principle to these comments, what appears to be completely missed here is any reference to the underlying causes of dumping in our streets, and there is no reference to council responsibilities and accountability! In many back streets within our borough, street corners have become accepted dumping stations where every single week the same types of discarded articles are dumped in the same locations.

It is the council that has the power and resources to achieve outcomes on this issue.

The situation is also not helped by the unreliability of our privatised waste collections and the selective nature of what can be collected as part of the bulk waste service.

While I remain no apologist for these appalling street dumpers that ruin our standard of living, I view the comment made by Mr Overall as a particularly weak offering to a profound and long standing issue. If he believes that a measure of self- help and civic pride is going to solve this problem, perhaps he should issue a broom to each resident with a four metre brush head that is capable of sweeping away double mattresses and sofas!

Celebrate Sanofi site not Brexit spin

Jean Foster, former Sanofi employee, full address supplied, writes:

I was very disappointed by the Post’s account of the recent event which was to celebrate the handing over of the former Sanofi site to Barking and Dagenham council.

I attended this event and it was amazing to see and hear how the site has been regenerated to accommodate over 40 businesses, an engineering college, a hotel, the biggest data centre in Europe and, soon to come, film studios. Although Alastair Campbell, the guest speaker, did nothing but talk about Brexit and how nothing good could come out of it, I would have thought that Jon King would have concentrated on the positive, remarkable achievement that this new site has become and the future opportunities it will bring to the borough rather than focus on a nationally well known spin doctor who used this event to try and push his own views on Brexit onto the audience.

There was hardly any mention of the uplifting speech by the council leader Darren Rodwell or the speeches by Stephen Norris and John Lewis (SOG managing director) or the positives of this local success story. Whilst we all know the importance of the matter we are all sick of Brexit surely?

How station plan could be ‘fantastic’

Martyn Fisher, Barking, writes:

It was good to hear from your correspondent last week (The ‘new’ Barking station), but they only have half a story.

When I went to work, my boss, a director at the housing association, East Thames, moved to Swan Housing, responsible for the tower block of flats in Cambridge Road next to the station.

This was right next to the Channel Tunnel next to the station.

All necessary calculations were made and the design of the tunnel and flats were obviously extensively examined.

At that time, I was administrator at Barking Baptist Church which has its entrances in Cambridge Road and Linton Road. You can see that we all took precautions to see our design was satisfactory. You can see that the Channel Tunnel would not have been allowed. As far as the cost of building the station, this was covered by development of the sites for housing, shopping, offices, car parks, educational buildings, in fact anything is possible if you have the right ideas.

My suggestion of the station being under East Street would not affect the existing listed station. The Listed station would stay where it was and you would enter the platforms under the road rather than the way it goes at the moment.

I hope this shows that I do know a bit about what I’m talking about. It would make Barking a fantastic town.

Investors in People award success

Dr Leonard Restall B Ed, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

The Investors in People award given to Barking and Dagenham College, and reported in the Post, will serve the college well in that it is based upon how well the college manage and support staff.

People are considered by this award to be the biggest asset and, therefore, students and staff should gain much from it.

The college executive director said that she was immensely proud to have reached the “gold” standard level and that the college staff tirelessly ensure that students are at the centre of everything that they do and that good results become the normal outcome rather than an exceptional one.

It would be good to see other schools and colleges gain an Investors in People award.

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