Clydach community council call police to attend next meeting
A COMMUNITY Council is laying the law down by insisting on someone from the police attending its next meeting.
The chairman of Clydach Community Council made the call at this week’s monthly meeting after his fellow councilors expressed their disappointment that there was no representative from the local police at the meeting - yet again.
Earlier in the meeting the council’s clerk, Stewart McCulloch, had read out a letter from Clydach police community support officer Suzanne Birch suggesting the council visit the village police station to get updated.
“They asked if we would like to attend a meeting on a regular basis in the police station,” he said.
One councillor remarked: “We already hold a meeting here. I don’t know when the councillors can all get together.
“Is there a reason why they can’t come here?”
Mr McCulloch relied: “When we asked them about it they said that it’s to do with shift patterns. I don’t think that they coincide with the time we hold our meetings.
“I think it’s down to availability. At least she is giving us a report; that is better than nothing.”
Councillor Julie Davies said: “It’s only once a month. Even if they only attend three times year at least we have a contact.”
Council chairman Peter Morgan said: “I think we need to ask for someone to be here in time for next months meeting. I think we should insist.”
Mr Morgan said that there had been a rise in crime in the village of late.
“All of a sudden it’s starting to turn into the wild west over night.
“When the chief was here he said that Clydach didn’t have a high level of crime.”
PCSO Birch also sent a copy of the Clydach Police newsletter for councillors to read.
The newsletter gave the latest crime figures for the village as being 11 burglaries, 16 incidences of antisocial behaviour, 6 violent crimes, 8 cases of criminal damage and 5 thefts.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said that the issue was being addressed by a new officer.
He said: “A new officer has recently taken over the Clydach area, and he is in the process of making contact with the councillors, and making himself known.
“It is hoped to arrange regular meetings and surgeries with the councillors, which hopefully will lead to officers being present at community council meetings.”
The next meeting of Clydach CommunituCouncil will take place on Tuesday, November 2.