More on neighbourhood watch as Poole Hill group size trebles

NUMBERS RISE: Norman Decent of Poole Hill Neighbourhood Watch in West Hill car park in Bournemouth

NUMBERS RISE: Norman Decent of Poole Hill Neighbourhood Watch in West Hill car park in Bournemouth

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A NEIGHBOURHOOD watch group has seen numbers at its meetings treble.

The Poole Hill Neighbourhood Watch Group in Bournemouth town centre moved its get–togethers from the Goat and Tricycle pub to the main library and co-ordinator Norman Decent believes that has caused the extra interest.

“Moving to the library has allowed other people that did not want to come to a pub to come and talk about their problems,” Norman said.

“It’s brought a lot of people out of the woodwork.”

Norman welcomed 32 people to the last meeting.

He is also holding Saturday surgeries at the library for those who cannot make the meetings or want to talk to him directly.

Norman has only seen a few people coming to these each week so far, but he is happy that ‘people are coming’, he said.

He has also seen numbers grow after changing from running a group in the West Hill area to co-ordinating the new larger Poole Hill watch.

At the latest meeting at the library, the third to be held there, residents highlighted concerns about drugs, with one mum saying her daughter found a needle near Purbeck Road and St Michael’s Road.

And Norman said protecting children is the inspiration behind him trying to help police stamp out dealing in the area.

He said: “That person told us about her daughter finding a syringe and she was obviously very upset.

“In general a lot of people have concerns about drugs. And beggars in the area are coming back again.

“If people inform the police we can try to get them moved on.”

Norman is also trying to get off licences to stop selling single cans to drinkers after residents at the meeting raised concerns about ‘drunks’.

The last meeting was attended by Bournemouth councillors Rae Stollard and Dave Smith, and the police.

Residents also voiced fears about litter and those who spot rubbish were encouraged to call the Ask Bournemouth council number 01202 461199.

The next Poole Hill Neighbourhood Watch meeting is on Tuesday, November 13 at the library at 6pm.

The Saturday surgeries will be continuing at the library from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

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10:13am Sun 14 Oct 12

twynham says...

Arms folded. Glum face.
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It's a good news story surely?
Arms folded. Glum face. . It's a good news story surely? twynham
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10:35am Sun 14 Oct 12

Bournemouthstorm says...

Does this cover Suffolk Road?
Does this cover Suffolk Road? Bournemouthstorm
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10:35am Sun 14 Oct 12

Bournemouthstorm says...

Does this cover Suffolk Road?
Does this cover Suffolk Road? Bournemouthstorm
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12:33pm Sun 14 Oct 12

ranger_bob says...

10/10 on the angry photo - another classic. Can we have a gallery posted on the Echo website so that we can all vote for our favourite at the end of the year. Then perhaps you could take the top 12 and turn it into a calendar?
10/10 on the angry photo - another classic. Can we have a gallery posted on the Echo website so that we can all vote for our favourite at the end of the year. Then perhaps you could take the top 12 and turn it into a calendar? ranger_bob
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1:19pm Sun 14 Oct 12

BmthNewshound says...

Congratulations to Norman and the other members of Neighbourhood Watch Groups.
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Residents in Boscombe should take note. Start taking responsibility for dealing with problems in your area and stop expecting the Council and police to sort the problems out for you.
Congratulations to Norman and the other members of Neighbourhood Watch Groups. . Residents in Boscombe should take note. Start taking responsibility for dealing with problems in your area and stop expecting the Council and police to sort the problems out for you. BmthNewshound
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9:10am Mon 15 Oct 12

steve.in.sydney says...

ranger_bob wrote:
10/10 on the angry photo - another classic. Can we have a gallery posted on the Echo website so that we can all vote for our favourite at the end of the year. Then perhaps you could take the top 12 and turn it into a calendar?
Never responded before, just loved reading some of the fantastic correspondence on this site, (pete woodley, etc.), but ranger_bobs suggestion cannot be allowed to slip into the ether. The Echo must develop this idea, it's simply too hilarious to ignore.
[quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: 10/10 on the angry photo - another classic. Can we have a gallery posted on the Echo website so that we can all vote for our favourite at the end of the year. Then perhaps you could take the top 12 and turn it into a calendar?[/p][/quote]Never responded before, just loved reading some of the fantastic correspondence on this site, (pete woodley, etc.), but ranger_bobs suggestion cannot be allowed to slip into the ether. The Echo must develop this idea, it's simply too hilarious to ignore. steve.in.sydney
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3:15pm Mon 15 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

Steve.Welcome to the world of old moaners and idiots of all ages.as 78 next week,i am an old moaner but do get called an idiot,believe me, i have seen, and done a bit in my life,so put up with the insults,mainly from those who have never met me.I have a mate,randolph gould, in Perth who i have lost touch with,and i know there are a few others out there who will remember me.Nearly got posted to aussie back in 50's,and last Woodley that went there was deported.
Steve.Welcome to the world of old moaners and idiots of all ages.as 78 next week,i am an old moaner but do get called an idiot,believe me, i have seen, and done a bit in my life,so put up with the insults,mainly from those who have never met me.I have a mate,randolph gould, in Perth who i have lost touch with,and i know there are a few others out there who will remember me.Nearly got posted to aussie back in 50's,and last Woodley that went there was deported. pete woodley
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