By Community Reporter Ian Watt
Filwood has a new neighbourhood meeting working to tackle anti-social behaviour and parking problems – as well as issues like drug crime and domestic violence.
The group, set up in Melvin Square in March, is run by PC Ben Blackmore, assisted by Independent Advisory Group member for Avon and Somerset Police, Carol Casey.
Carol says: “In the first month we have achieved two of the outcomes already.”
Members have been helping to tackle parking on Leinster Avenue and took part in the Bristol Noise clean-up of the area in April.
A residents’ group was set up in Inns Court a year ago and is now running independently – and there are plans for more groups across the area.
PC Blackmore said: “Residents and a number of agencies are working together to improve the standard of life for all the community and as a group we have had a lot of success with these concerns…
“The aim of the project is to have residents’ groups in a number of pockets around Knowle who are formed and maintained by the community.”
Knowle West is leading the way in South Bristol with some of its community policing developments – such as the mini-police cadets which started at Oasis Academy Connaught school last year.
The new Melvin Square group needs local people to bring their experience of the area.
The next meetings are Monday 21 May and 16 June from 12-1pm at the Community Hub, Connaught School. All welcome.