Opportunity to talk online to Police Commander

Thames Valley Police are holding an online discussion with Oxford City residents on Tuesday (30/6).
The web chat will provide the public with an opportunity to ask Commander for Oxford City, Ch Supt Christian Bunt questions about crime and policing in the Oxford Local Policing Area.
You can also pre-submit a question via the #AskTVP (opens new window). Follow on @TVP_Oxford (opens new window) for more information.

Pavement parking: Police advice

We have asked our Neighbourhood Sergeant for advice. She confirms:

PCSO’s can give a vehicle a ticket if they are obstructing the footway as long as they can show some one was obstructed. If there is a vehicle fully blocking the pavement then the 101 number can be phoned and if there is a PCSO available, which there often is, one can come out and issue a ticket. I will let the PCSOs know to patrol the area in order to try and prevent future occurrences.

Police Have your say meetings

You are welcome to attend the Police Have Your Say meetings and raise issues with Thames Valley Police. Here are the dates:

Have Your Say Meeting
Date: Thursday, 26 February 2015
Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Venue: Headington Village Hall, Quarry
Contact: PCSO Victor Phillips

Have Your Say Meeting
Date: Monday 9 March 2015
Time: 15:30-16:30
Venue: Caffe Nero
Contact: PCSO Victor Phillips

Have Your Say Meeting
Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Venue: Headington Library
Contact: PCSO Victor Phillips

Have Your Say Meeting
Date: Thursday, 26 March 2015
Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Venue: Headington Village Hall, Quarry
Contact: PCSO Victor Phillips

Have Your Say Meeting
Date: Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Venue: Headington Library
Contact: PCSO Victor Phillips

Making changes to national LibDem policy on speed limits

20's plenty - but is it enforced?

The draft policy motions for this year’s national Autumn LibDem conference have been published, including a motion on making all residential road speed limits 20 MPH over time.

Mindful of the campaigning undertaken by our residents on this issue, David and I checked the  small print and found that the draft policy needs amending to ensure that any 20MPH speed limit is enforced. We all know how difficult it has proved to get speed limit enforcement in Headington – with this amendment we are calling on Police and Crime Commissioners to plan for police support for councils where necessary to ensure the successful implementation  of 20 MPH limits in residential areas.

On drawing up the amendment we have received support from across the country as far away as Yorkshire, and the Local Government Association’s Lib Dem Group has helped draft a much tighter and workable change to the motion. We shall be voting on this amendment (and possibly speaking to it) on Monday 24 September.

That’s the great thing about being a LibDem, national party policy can be initiated or influenced by any of its members.

Have you signed up to Thames Valley Alerts?

A new system for receiving crime and policing updates in the Thames Valley has been launched.
Residents can now receive information directly from their local neighbourhood teams in addition to up-to-date bulletins on major crime and policing issues via the Thames Valley Alert System. A new option includes receiving information via text and more traditional landline and email messages will still be available.
The alert system also allows information to be passed quickly, which is vital when we looking for witnesses to major crimes, or policing major events, such as the Olympics and I am delighted the new system has been put in place in time so that we will be able to communicate effectively with the communities who will be most affected by the Games.

Anyone wanting to sign up to the alerts can do so by logging on to www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/

How to report ASB (antisocial behaviour)

There have been a number of posts on the Headington and Marston Forum about how to report concerns about anti-social behaviour, often referred to as ASB.

There are a number of agencies dealing with ASB, and it is sometimes difficult to work out which agency to complain to.

Anti-social behaviour is behaviour or behaviours likely to cause nuisance, annoyance, alarm, harassment or distress to one or more people not of the same household as the perpetrator.

If you want to find out whether an incident would be classed as ASB, take a look at this City Council web page This page explains how quickly you can expect a City Council response to complaints about different types of ASB.

The City Council’s Community Wardens can provide a same day response to incidents of anti-social behaviour reported by local residents. They have a CCTV-enabled vehicle which enables wardens to video ongoing incidents. You can report an incident online here or ring the Oxford City Council customer services number on 01865 249811.

Noise nuisance

If you have a noise complaint, report it to Oxford City Council using the form on the website or by telephoning Oxford City Council on 01865 249811

Thames Valley Police

TVP has a web page that gives the answers to frequently asked questions about ASB, you can find it here.

They hold Have Your Say and Coffee with Cops meetings, at which you can discuss any concerns you may have about ASB in the Headington area from the Green Road roundabout down to Gipsy Lane and Divinity Road. The details of the next meeting is as follows:

Type: Have Your Say Meeting
Date: Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Venue: Gipsy Lane Reception, Gipsy Lane, Oxford Brookes

The Headington Neighbourhood Police website can be found here.  It shows photos and gives the names of our local neighbourhood team.

The TVP site gives information on what you can do to stop anti-social behaviour here.

In trying to collate all this information, it has become evident that there is some blurring of responsibilities over tackling ASB and also some confusion about how to report it. Ruth is contacting the Safer Communities Manager at the City Council for clarity on this. If you have reported ASB in the Headington Ward and have not received a response from the agency you contacted, please contact David or Ruth and we shall follow it up for you.