Meeting at the school at 0945h were a mixture of Police, City Council Staff, Councillors, Housing Associations and me. Organised by the Gloucester Crime and Disorder Reduction partnership, the idea was to launch a “have your say” day where we go and knock on every door on Thatcham Avenue and ask them questions about their perception of crime in the area, what they like about the area and if they would like to get involved with neighbourhood watch and/or the Residents association. Though the Citizen have not let up as their headline was “Hell” estate residents have their say, subtle eh!
Thatcham Avenue was used as it is the main trunk road, though I had encouraged people who lived elsewhere to just come and grab us if they wanted to. Given the press this week I expected a bit of a reaction and on the whole the results were as I expected, though the official results will come out in a month or so. To everyone we spoke to we had a Smart Water kit (worth £15) to give them and a shed alarm (worth £5) for free. Not bad for answering a couple of questions.
Overall a good exercise and really useful for people to see various organisations taking an interest. Did I learn anything new, well not really, but, for me, that wasn’t the point.