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Willingdon Trees Neighbourhood Panels News

30th April 2014

The notes from the meeting of the Willingdon Trees Neighbourhood Panel, held on 23rd April are now available.  Many thanks to PCSO Andy Harlow and Andrew Tilney, Neighbourhood Advisor, EBC, for covering this meeting and to Andrew Tilney for taking the notes.

The next meeting is booked for Tuesday, 10th June at 10am at Willingdon Trees Community Centre, Holly Place. There will be a walk about for the agencies (Eastbourne Homes, Places for People, Eastbourne Borough Council and Sussex Police) prior to the meeting from 9:30am, please meet at the community centre for this if you wish to join us.

We hope the children, staff and parents from Oakwood School will be able to join us at the next meeting and hopefully the pupils and teachers from Eastbourne Academy will also join us for the first time too.

If you have any queries about this panel meeting, please feel free to contact Emma Jordan or PCSO Lee Osborn to discuss.

8th July 2010

Holly Park - Green Spaces Project Update

Another great day on site.  Today we had a fallen tree brought in from Ashdown Forrest for the climbing area.  Matt Woodside from Farrer Huxley Architects was on site to maximise the layout of the area to suit the tree shape.  We also discussed soft surface colours as we were informed by the suppliers that the purple we wanted bleaches to white.

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28th May 2009

Operation Big Sweep

A MULTI-AGENCY team took to the streets of Willingdon Trees week of action targeting problems identified by the neighbourhood.

Sussex Police teamed up with Eastbourne Enforcement officers, Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Homes and Places for People, Neighbourhood Support Officers, Eastbourne Borough Council Staff, representatives from the Driving Vehicle Licensing Agency, East Sussex Fire & Rescue and East Sussex County Council  to spread advice and show criminals that the community is tough on crime and environmental issues.

Teams of offenders supervised by Sussex Probation were on hand to carry out jobs suggested by the local community including clearing litter and overgrown vegetation in public spaces and at the roadside.

The intention of the operation, code-named Big Sweep, was to reduce the level of vehicle crime in the area, the third time a Synergy clean up in Eastbourne was undertaken. Part of the operation was to identify untaxed, unlicensed or abandoned vehicles and carry out relevant enforcement and a truancy sweep involving local schools officers.

Sgt Fiona Munro said: "Our aim throughout this latest operation was to sweep through neighbourhood issues on Willingdon Trees Estate.

"We used different tactics by being highly visible with our partner authorities in a bid to tackle all the issues surrounding crime. Part of the initiative was to spread sensible crime prevention messages in the community while also reducing the overall fear of crime."

Dan Woolridge, Willingdon Trees NP Chairman said: “I was delighted to be a part of this operation from its conception.  On Saturday, May 16th, about twenty of us turned up at the community centre at 6:30am in the rain.  We went across the whole estate and cleared every fly-tip site and picked up all the litter.  We spoke to some very surprised residents, who were glad to see what we were trying to do.  The help we had from SITA was fantastic- they do a very tough job and I would like to thank them for all their hard work.

“I would also like to thank our local McColl’s and Asda for their kind donations of refreshments for this project.   As a resident I am very proud to be involved with any initiative that benefits my community.  But considering the scale, it was quite an achievement for our Neighbourhood Panel.  I hope that this is only the first step and it will encourage other community minded people to come forward.”

“I would like to thank Eastbourne Police Sgt Fiona  Munro, PC Dave Selby, PC Keith Rockingham and PCSO's Lee Osborn and Brett Williams for their excellent work during the Big Sweep.  I thoroughly enjoy working alongside you all both professionally and as a resident of Willingdon Trees, in helping improve my community and think that you and your team should be individually recognised for the outstanding jobs they do.”

A spokesman for the Crime Reduction Partnership said: “The Partnership was pleased to be able to contribute to and support this initiative. We know that removing graffiti, litter, abandoned and untaxed cars improves the community’s perception of an area and tends to stop repeat incidents. The Big Sweep has been a great success in Willingdon Trees and we will be keen to support further operations elsewhere in Eastbourne.”


Willingdon Trees Community Centre Car Park

Emma Jordan, Community Enforcement Officer, Eastbourne Borough Council said: “This was a great initiative for the Willingdon Trees Community. We were very pleased to be working in partnership with Sussex Police, Eastbourne Homes, Places for People and other organisations to promote community cohesion. The community surgery offered valuable information and the opportunity for residents to meet local professionals representing various community services and agencies. Local residents were able to get involved with tackling and combating anti-social behaviour to the end result of improving the environment they live in.”

Ian Tolley Serco Local Government said: “We actively encourage our staff to be involved with the community so were pleased to help when asked to participate in the Big Sweep along with other agencies. It is vital that the community develop an understanding about the importance of recycling, and the impact that litter can have on the communities in which we live”.

Everol Sampson, Resident Involvement Officer at Eastbourne Homes, said:“We work extensively across Eastbourne with volunteers in our local communities.  Area Panels representing the town centre and Archery, Old Town, Langney and Willingdon Trees are making a big difference and I’m delighted this coordinated initiative with Sussex Police is reinforcing their important work and efforts.”
David Hooper, Regional Manager, South East, Places for People said:'” Places for People is delighted to have been able to contribute to the success of the Big Sweep, particularly as it presented an opportunity to engage with people in a meaningful way on issues that really matter to them.”
 Mark Burden, Senior Probation Officer for the Community Payback scheme, said: "These are local offenders who have committed crimes in the local area and under schemes like this they are able to pay back for the harm they have done to the community. We're delighted to be working with the police, the council and most of all the local community in completing much-needed work that would otherwise not get done."

Kellie Aylward, Enforcement Manager DVLA said: “ We were delighted to work in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council and Sussex Police. This is not about collecting tax it’s about saving lives, making the road safer and tackling crime. Since motor vehicle tax can only be purchased with a valid insurance certificate and current MOT.

On the day in question 14 vehicles were wheel clamped, 8 paid for and released and 6 were impounded.”

Carolyn Randall, Sussex Crimestoppers said:” We are delighted to have been invited to be part of the Big Sweep. The independent charity, Crimestoppers has been working with Sussex Police over the last 15 years to help make the communities of Sussex safer.  We are giving Eastbourne residents the chance to take control of their community's well-being:  just by making one anonymous phone call.  Phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with information about crime.  You will not be asked your name and your call will not be traced.”

7th May 2009

Operation Big Sweep

Operation The Big Sweep is a multi-agency run operation tackling environmental and crime related issues in Willingdon Trees. Co-ordinate by Willingdon Trees Neighbourhood Panel, Eastbourne Borough Council and Sussex Police, this operation unites over fifteen partner agencies and community teams, addressing issues ranging from speeding cars, antisocial behaviour, street cleansing, fly-tipping, graffiti, bad parking, untaxed and uninsured vehicles, and more.

Several days ago, fliers were circulated amongst residents and businesses of Willingdon Trees Ward in Eastbourne asking for views and information about issues that affect their daily life. Many people have taken the time to come along to the street meetings, have identified that anti-social behaviour, dog fouling, untaxed and uninsured vehicles were some of the issues that they'd like partners to tackle during the multi-agency enforcement.

This operation starts on Saturday 16th May to Thursday 21st May.

Emma Jordan, Community Enforcement Officer says, “This is a great initiative for the Willingdon Trees Community and we are very pleased to be working in partnership with Sussex Police, Eastbourne Homes, Places for People and other organisations to promote community cohesion. The community surgery will offer a valuable opportunity for residents to meet local professionals representing various community services. The whole community can get involved and help to tackle anti-social behaviour and improve the environment they live in.”

David Hooper, Places for People said: “This initiative responds positively to the concerns of local residents and Places for People looks forward to working with partners in the future to make a real and lasting difference to this neighbourhood”.

Bob Granville, Eastbourne Homes said “Eastbourne Homes is delighted to be a key part of this multi agency initiative.  Operation Big Sweep will reinforce much of work we have already been doing across Eastbourne and help ensure that residents continue to see positive changes and improvements in their local communities.” 

CI Dick Coates, District Commander, said “As part of the national Policing Pledge, one of Sussex Police priorities is Neighbourhood Policing. The Big Sweep in conjunction with our partner agencies is an effective way for the community of Willingdon Trees to work together.  Shows we are committed to reducing crime and anti social behaviour in Eastbourne and Operations of this nature should significantly help us to make the town an even safer place to live, work and visit."

Sgt Fiona Munro, Neighbourhood Policing Team said, “The main objective of this week of action will be to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and to sustain that reduction by developing stronger more effective engagement with the community. We are working with the Willingdon Trees Neighbourhood Panel and have listened to the people of the Willingdon Trees and know they are concerned about anti-social behaviour and criminal damage within their community. This is a co-ordinate approach by a large number of agencies to tackle crime, to improve the surrounding environment, to reduce fear of crime and to engage with the people that live and work in the area. I would like to send out a big thank you to all our partners without their help this would not be possible.

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