Councillor slammed over fake parking bay

July 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I found this interesting article on Yahoo Cars !!

A parish councillor in Gloucestershire was so tired of people parking next to his house that he painted two spaces on the road outside. He declared those spaces his, forbidding anyone else from parking there.

The local Council immediately condemned the crude yellow boxes as illegal – but declared they will not be removed, because it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Paul Syrett, a 46-year-old IT worker, sits on the planning committee of Woodchester Parish Council. His actions have naturally caused friction between him and nearby residents.

Neighbour Sandie Mills said: “As soon as I moved in he made it clear that those spaces belonged to him. It was only after he painted the lines that I looked into it and was assured by Gloucestershire Highways that they were illegal.”

There’s nothing stopping anyone from parking in the self-painted spaces, but Syrett is adamant that the land outside his house belongs to him. Therefore, he believes, nobody else is entitled to park there.

A spokesman from Gloucestershire Highways contradicted that view, however, saying that “while the land beneath the tarmac may belong to Mr Syrett, the surface is dedicated as highway. Highway rights supersede any others.”

The spokesman added: “We’re not removing the markings as it could meet legal challenge which would cost time and money.”

Mark Nichol

London Gangs Target Hockley & Hawkwell

December 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Echo 22nd December 2009

commit no nuisancePOLICE are to target gangs of youths who are coming into Hockley from London to cause trouble.

Youths have been travelling for miles to get to Clements Hall leisure centre and are causing havoc on Friday and Saturday nights.

This has blighted the lives of local residents due to the noise, vandalism to cars, and general antisocial behaviour. Groups of local youths have also been attacked and robbed.

Chief Insp Glen Westley, of Rochford police, said officers would look to tackle the situation before it got worse.

They are introducing policing at the railway station and a metal detecting arch to deter anyone from carrying weapons. Mr Westley said: “We think there’s a territorial thing developing and we don’t want that to fester.

“We will be monitoring behaviour and contacting parents if we need to.”

Most young people seem to be visiting from Rayleigh and surrounding areas, but some appear to be travelling from as far as London to congregate at the teen shelter at night.

These large groups often prove intimidating to people who live in the surrounding streets.

Hawkwell Parish Council chairman Vic Leach said: “We welcome the police initiative in combating this and wish them every success for the peace and quiet of our residents.”

Crime Updates from Essex Police

July 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Essex Police on the A12.VEHICLE CRIME:

Overnight 8th July into 9th July there was several thefts from motor vehicles in the Hawkwell area. There was also sheds entered, possibly where the culprits are looking for tools to use to commit crime??


On 7th July, a suspicious male was reported calling at an address in Jubilee Close, Hockley claiming to be from Dynarod. He had no uniform and no ID. The male was white, late 20’s / early 30’s, approx 6’01”, slim build, short dark brown hair, wearing grey trousers, red T shirt with green stripes going round it (possibly a rugby shirt.) The male stated there had been a report the drains were blocked. The informant to police claimed the male seemed surprised that someone was home.


On 30th June, an expensive Nokia N95 mobile phone was posted to an address in Woodlands Road. The occupier signed for the package which was in their name and address although they had not ordered this item. A few days later a tall, well dressed black male, called explaining the phone was his and had been delivered to the wrong address. The house numbers had been mixed up. The male produced a water bill as ID for another address in the street. The phone was handed over. The house details on the produced water bill do not exist.

It is a well known scam to use properties in this way to apply for all manner of products and services including bank loans and expensive electrical goods. It may be legitimate but given the facts above it would appear to be a scam. Be warned.

Community Safety update as at 25 June 2008

As part of the Water UK awareness campaign to raise awareness about distraction burglary where ‘waterboard’ has been used as an MO, the following telephone numbers can be disseminated to the public to encourage them to check the identity of any ‘water company’ doorstep caller.

Anglian Water    0800 145 145

• install and use door chains
• use spy holes to see who is at the door
• display uninvited caller stickers
• do not keep large amounts of money at home
• encourage family, friends, carers and neighbours to check that these are in place
• encourage people to register a password with their water company
• encourage people to ask for identification from those at the door

Meeting with Chief Inspector Andy Prophet

June 27, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

Idea 1-Media Testshot2As your representative on the District Council, John Mason met with Chief Inspector Andy Prophet and PC Steve Joynes at Rochford Police Station on Thursday afternoon.

They gave him the opportunity to talk in depth about the problems that residents have been experiencing and the concerns that they have.  John emphasised that if Essex Police see Clements Hall as a good place for the young people to congregate and they support the Teen Shelter then Essex Police must be resourced both for supervision and action to be taken about under age drinking and drinking anywhere in that area because it is banned.

They both understood this point and John hopes that the resourcing will be made available. He suggested that Essex Police have a small meeting with residents towards the end of the summer to get feedback and this was well received.  They also discussed that large numbers from Greensward College seem to want to have parties in the park from time to time and this naturally concerns residents and can give rise to incidents of anti social behaviour.

He asked CI Prophet to discuss arrangements with Greensward for release of Year 11 from the school hoping that Essex Police could get an emphasised message around via the school that anti social behaviour and alcohol would not be tolerated. 

It always been understood that very few ABC’s or ASBO’s had ever been issued in Rochford District and Essex Police confirmed that this was indeed the case and John said that residents could not understand why this was so.

The new card system is designed to assemble evidence and John got the impression that the Officer at RDC responsible for getting involved with such measures might be getting busier very shortly !!

Whilst not the Zero Tolerance policy that some police forces have adopted and that some residents advocate we can expect that at least action will now be taken on these issues rather than nothing. New video technology is being deployed this weekend to gather evidence as needed and to record identities. 


Neighbourhood Watch Week

June 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Home WatchNational Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch Week starts on June 16 and in Essex this will focus on developing safer communities in collaboration with Essex Police.

Essex Police is providing £70,000 to Neighbourhood Watch to help support the invaluable work of this voluntary organisation.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Scott Egerton said: “Neighbourhood Watch is an important partner with whom our Neighbourhood Policing Teams work to address community priorities including including the reduction and prevention of crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Alan Johnson from Neighbourhood Watch in Essex said: “Neighbourhood Watch opens the channel of communication between the police and neighbourhoods helping crimes be prevented and detected.

“During Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch week we want to encourage more people to get involved as we are always looking for volunteers.”

Contact your local officer  is  Pc Steve Joynes  Telephone : 0300 333 4444 Mobile : 07710 046161

Anti Social Behaviour in Hawkwell on 7,8,9 May

May 14, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

Art Project“On Wednesday night/Thursday morning the kids were over there [Clements Hall] drinking and shouting abuse until 1.30 in the morning. The state of the park on the Thursday morning was disgusting, spirit and wine bottles and cans.
Last night, Friday, 9 May was worse, the kids were still over there shouting abuse, drinking, lighting a fires until 4.15 am.”

There were over 250 youths gathered. Youths had come from Rochford, Rayleigh and possibly Shoebury, to mix with Hockley / Hawkwell youths.
It is now a wider problem when Year 11 students get together and consume alcohol in large numbers. It has become an annual event with no signs that it will stop in the immediate future. Clements Hall is designated no alcohol and signs indicate that, but the youths ignore it.

As a District Councillor for Hawkwell I am insisting that the Police get together with all schools across Southend and Rochford to find a better way of managing the release of Year 11.

It is tempting for some schools, like Greensward does, to release their Year 11 early to so called “study leave”.  It clearly releases school resources.  But is it good for the students?  Not in my opinion because they lose the valuable focus, guidance and are I say discipline they need to tackle their examinations successfully. If the Police can influence Greensward and other schools in any way then perhaps the Police could question that wisdom and policy alongside the difficulties it places the community and the Police in from unwelcome anti social behaviour. 
Year 11, will be released anyway whether before or after examinations.  And I would expect the Police to liase with all Year 11 schools and work with them and the students to effect a better release and transition from school.

The early release of Year 11 to so called “study leave allows certain young people to conclude that if they get together again in numbers there is nothing that “WE” can do.
My call to the Police and schools is to work more effectively together to manage the situation so that it does not occur again in future.  All schools have a responsibility to Year 11 which seems to being ABDICATED, when they need the support of School even more in preparation in more than just knowledge for the GCSE Examinations.  Schools also have a duty to the Police AND our community to manage the situation otherwise relations between the School and the Community will deteriorate.  I have asked the Police to front this initiative because they will be listened to, HOPEFULLY.

Residents are now concerned about the coming summer as past events remind us that there are issues, from time to time and that outside of term time, we have, essentially,only the Police Service to look to for help.  I am sure that Steve and his colleagues will gather local intelligence and try to be one step ahead with prescence and resources.

The other alternative is to make the area surrounding Clements Hall an exclusion zone once again.  But Essex Police want the local young people to congregate there rather than elsewhere.  If Essex Police want this to continue to be supported by the community, including me, then it must be seen to be working…………not getting worse, hence my call not for more resources, which they do not have and will not get, but a wider more effective strategy based on community policing influencing the schools to get involved in a more effective and engaged way.

Essex Police will be reviewing the position and I have asked them to update me.

Overworked Rochford Police are asking public for help

July 3, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

POLICE officers are searching for volunteers to give up a few hours of their time to help free up police in their area.

Chief Insp John Walker, of Rochford police, said civic-minded people of all ages could make the most of their skills, whether they are in accountancy, human resources or manual labour, by helping police with small tasks.

They could even spare just a few hours to water the window boxes, wash police cars or help with administrative tasks.

Mr Walker said: “One of our big drives is about engaging with the general public, making sure we work closely together to improve the community.

“We are asking the public to work locally with us, to free up officers to concentrate on higher priority issues.”

The scheme will allow volunteers to work any number of hours, and would suit people from all walks of life. Volunteers are even invited to come up with their own ideas of how to help their station.

Call Rayleigh police on 01268 775533.

New Youth Centres possible in Rochford District

June 29, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

There appears to be a general consensus both from the general public and youngsters that designated meeting areas, which are supported by all, are preferred to ad hoc gathering points on street corners or other inappropriate venues. Consultation with youths across the District has already confirmed their perception that they have nowhere to go.  It therefore appears that we are all united in recognising the need to identify suitable locations for youngsters to meet up.
I was actually referring to some preliminary discussions about re-establishing a youth club at Rocheway, Rochford and in proposals for a new youth club in Eldon Way at Hockley.
In summary the police would support buildings and locations that diverted the prospect of anti social behaviour away from more residential areas, but we will do no more that support the general principles.  It is very much in the hands of local residents and councils to determine whether specific locations are deemed appropriate.

Chief Inspector John Walker
Rochford District Commander
Extension 34433

Neighbourhood Action Panel (NAPs) – Essex Police

June 10, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

This is a Panel of Residents put together by Essex Police.

The names of the members are not published and will change from time to time as it would be pointless to always have the same voices. It is not open to Councillors or people with any particular political view.

The agreed priorities will be published in various ways, initially on web page

Where it says Hockley the Police mean Hawkwell/Hockley (it says Hockley because that is the name of their team!!)

The Neighbourhood Action Panels (aka NAPs) are intended to set the Neighbourhood Policing Team priorities ie speeding, nuisance, youths etc.,

The policing priorities for Hawkwell/Hockley are:

  • Youth nuisance
  • Criminal damage
  • Speeding/driving issues
  • Anti-social behaviour – other
  • Graffiti

The last NAP was held in early April. The panel suggested the following priorities that the team will focus on:

Speeding – especially around Rectory Road and Main Road, Hawkwell.
Nuisance Youths – throughout Hawkwell/Hockley.
Mopeds – pulling wheelies and general poor driver behaviour.

But according to my Residents Survey:

Anti Social Behaviour : Matter of Concern Number 1, Residents Survey – Hawkwell West 2007

Speeding in Rectory Road and Main Road (nr Mount Bovers Lane)

June 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Anti Social Behaviour : Matter of Concern Number 1, Residents Survey – Hawkwell West 2007

Yes, this is anti social behaviour by adults as well.  Not just the youth !!

At the request of a significant number residents I contacted PC Steve Joynes and asked for the new digital speed panels to be deployed in these areas.

What you may not know is that they recorded the actual speeds for further analysis.

I have asked Steve for the data and I will let you know what we found and what action can be taken. 

Parish Council to discuss Village Bobby for Hawkwell

June 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Anti Social Behaviour : Matter of Concern Number 1, Residents Survey – Hawkwell West 2007

Residents living in the vicinity of the Hawkwell Playing Fields (Harrow Gardens, Hawkwell Park Drive, Park Gardens, Victor Gardens) are beset with anti social behaviour and there are often a number of incidents over the weekend.

I have advised residents that Parish Councils can now fund a PCSO for their area and more or less have this resource ring fenced. 

A resident has written to the Hawkwell Parish Council on behalf of all residents in that patch to ask the Parish to do this.

Hawkwell Parish Council will discuss this on 2 July, 7.30 at the Freight House.  Residents are welcome. 



Meeting with Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Carmel Napier

May 31, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Anti Social Behaviour : Matter of Concern Number 1, Residents Survey – Hawkwell West 2007

I undertook a visit to Essex Police Headquarters as part of the Anti Social Behaviour Review being undertaken by Rochford District Council.

We met Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Carmel Napier who is in charge of Neighbourhood Policing.  Rochford Area Commander, Chief Inspector John Walker reports to Mrs Napier.

Armed with our 2007 Residents Survey from Hawkwell West, I set the scene by advising how residents see Anti Social Behaviour as their number one concern, where this is supported by your view that the quality of policing still needs to be improved.  Your view on safety coincided with many of the views that essentially we live in a safe place but that anti social behaviour needs yet still more attention.  I said that Neighbourhood Policing was a strategy that was working but we needed more of it to improve the quality of policing.

Mrs Napier confirmed that her strategy for Neighbourhood Policing was long term with even more resources to be redirected to the community.

I reiterated your concerns about evenings being the priority.

I also learnt that Parish Councils could now fund a PCSO for their area and more or less have this resource ring fenced.  So come along Hawkwell Parish Council, we have had several public meetings about Policing and Anti Social Behaviour and the time has come to spend our Council Tax on something REALLY IMPORTANT to all of us.

That afternoon Mrs Napier was meeting with John Walker to talk about his plans for improving the quality of policing and she asked for a copy of our 2007 Residents Survey from Hawkwell West. 

What Mrs. Napier did say in response to my request was that the Local Commander, John Walker, would be producing a plan to reduce the incidence of Anti Social Behaviour over the coming summer months which almost always sees an increase.  His team will be targeted by Nrs Napier to reduce demand – basically less calls from you and I. 

News From Neighbourhood Police Team

March 2, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

BURGLARY WARNING: Several recent burglaries have occurred in Hockley. Patio doors are being smashed to gain entry. It is suggested to install a good Burglar Alarm. Install PIR lights. Postcode your property. Visit and record details of valuables, serial numbers etc for free. If your road is not currently covered by a neighbourhood watch scheme, it is strongly recommended.

YOUTH ISSUES: The new skateboard park is almost complete at Clements Hall. Rochford Council are considering installing 5-a-side football posts at the overflow car park near to the ramps to encourage youths away from Spa Road and behind the library.

Youths are travelling in from Rochford, Rayleigh, London to fight with the local youths. We need to encourage the local youths to not congregate in large groups. Offensive weapons are being carried by many of the youths possibly for protection, but can cause serious and life threatening injuries. If you are a parent or guardian of a 10-17 year old, where are they tonight? Who are they with? What are they doing? Will they come home safely or with injuries?

MOBILE PHONES: Police will take a zero tolerance approach locally into using mobile phones whilst driving. Since the introduction of the new penalty, just as many offences are being observed. Any one stopped for using their phone will be issued a fixed penalty fine of £60 and 3 points which will of course also increase motor insurance premiums.

The whole point is that it is dangerous to drive using a mobile as well as performing many other activities; lighting cigarettes, eating, putting make up on are just a few examples. These actions distract the driver from focussing on what is going on around them.

SPEEDING: Motorists are also driving over the 30mph limit at Rectory Road, Main Road, Southend Road, Hawkwell. The police are keen to reduce road accident casualties locally and offenders will be dealt with positively.

APPEAL: We are appealing for volunteers to help supervise youth activities. Sports, Arts and other activities are being considered. Please contact me if you can spare any time or for further info on any of the above matters.

CONTACT: Steve Joynes. Tel: 01268 775533. Office answer machine: 01702 530470. Text/Mobile: 07710 046161. Email:

Police Community Support Officer Andrew Hill

September 12, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Police Community Support Officer Andrew Hill of the Hockley Neighbourhood Policing Team is adopting a novel approach to keeping in touch with the community – by organising regular surgeries in the local library.

He will be available to meet local residents and hear their concerns at the library in Southend Road, Hockley on Thursday afternoon, September 14th and every following Thursday up to and including October 5th.

Said Andrew: “I am looking forward to meeting as many people as possible. The surgeries provide an ideal opportunity for people to raise issues in a confidential, one-to-one environment. ”

PCSO Hill will also be able to provide residents with advice on a wide range of crime prevention measures.

The surgeries will be held on the following dates:
Thursday, 14 September. 12.00 noon – 3.00p.m.
Thursday, 21 September 12.00 noon – 3.00p.m.
Thursday, 28 September 12.00 noon – 3.00p.m.
Thursday, 5 October 12.00 noon – 3.00p.m.

If you cannot attend any of the surgery sessions and wish to contact PCSO Hill, he can be reached on:
01268 775533
07710 046161(Mobile)

Anti Social Behaviour and Vandalism

May 18, 2006 by · 5 Comments 

I recognised the issue of policing in my election address as a matter of concern not just for Hawkwell but the whole Rochford District. This is not just an issue for Hawkwell or its representives to address alone.

The situation will not be improved across the District unless the whole District Council acts and obtains the level of policing we require from the newly merged Rayleigh and Southend Division. As I said in my election address the Council is still awaiting the Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Folkard to come to a Council Meeting and explain the basis of resourcing we have and challenge that is insufficient.

In the meantime I have advised Essex Police again, and just a few weeks ago, of the concerns of residents about young people coming into Hockley and Hawkwell by train because they have been dispersed by law from Rochford. There have been joint operations between the Transport Police and Essex Police at Hockley Rail Station in the past and I have asked that this operation be renewed. I have also asked Essex Police to increase patrols in Hawkwell. Read more