Buckhurst Hill Parish Council may host quarterly police meetings due to low attendance

Police and council meeting merger debated

Police and council meeting merger debated

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Police and parish council meetings could be merged under plans aimed at increasing public participation.

The move comes after a claim police are considering scrapping Neighbourhood Action Panel (NAP) events in Buckhurst Hill due to poor attendance.

Concerns were raised about the proposal when the issue was discussed by parish councillors last night.

Members of the Buckhurst Hill Residents Association said they would not feel comfortable speaking to police in front of councillors.

Jenn Page, of Luctons Avenue, said the NAP meetings should remain, but remain separate from council meetings.

She added: “A lot of people would not want to talk at a meeting like this.

“We should encourage police to carry on with NAP meetings.”

Steven Neville, of Rous Road, agreed, saying: “This is not the place for a lengthy discussion which is sometimes needed at a NAP meeting.”

“In no way is a parish council meeting adequate.”

There has not been a NAP meeting since December and the next one is not yet planned.

Councillors said that they “got the impression” that the police were not going to continue with them.

It was also suggested that police feel that they would "rather be solving crime" than talking about it.

Council Chairman Aniket Patel said he believes there would be benefits from holding NAP meetings as a part of council meetings.

“There could be an added bonus as everything that the police say would be recorded and published in the parish minutes,” he added.

Mr Aniket said that the proposal was discussed at the meeting because he would like to help make the public aware of what action the police are taking in Buckhurst Hill.

The matter was deferred until the police reveal their plans for NAP meetings.

NAP meetings could be replaced by frequent crime updates in the form of letters and emails, it was suggested.

 

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1:41pm Fri 14 Mar 14

word of mouth says...

North weald already run the NAP meetings like this. It does have the feel of a Parish meeting sometimes but it gets the job done.
North weald already run the NAP meetings like this. It does have the feel of a Parish meeting sometimes but it gets the job done. word of mouth
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2:42pm Fri 14 Mar 14

SNGreen says...

Epping runs in a different way still and gets the job done, and both are not run by the Police. NAP meetings only stopped doing minutes recently in Buckhurst Hill. It does need a parish meeting for it to happen.
Epping runs in a different way still and gets the job done, and both are not run by the Police. NAP meetings only stopped doing minutes recently in Buckhurst Hill. It does need a parish meeting for it to happen. SNGreen
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6:18am Mon 17 Mar 14

pan says...

There doesn't seem much of an appetite for these NAP meetings and they are not particularly well attended. There doesn't seem to be much of a desire to have promoted them in the past as most people have never heard of them.

I expect the majority of people would view them as a waste of time as the emphasis is now placed on engaging with minority groups such as in another article on here rather than engaging with the wider community as a whole.

Parish council meetings are important and have an important place within the local community. It is not the place for the NAP meetings and in many ways will end up confusing the issues needed to be raised or discussed.

The Police force has become more politically based over the years and even now has an elected representative but that doesn't mean that the place for public / community engagement and promotion is within the council chambers and offices.

The Police commissioners promises that he made during the election for the position have fallen by the wayside as there was supposed to be more public engagement not less.
There doesn't seem much of an appetite for these NAP meetings and they are not particularly well attended. There doesn't seem to be much of a desire to have promoted them in the past as most people have never heard of them. I expect the majority of people would view them as a waste of time as the emphasis is now placed on engaging with minority groups such as in another article on here rather than engaging with the wider community as a whole. Parish council meetings are important and have an important place within the local community. It is not the place for the NAP meetings and in many ways will end up confusing the issues needed to be raised or discussed. The Police force has become more politically based over the years and even now has an elected representative but that doesn't mean that the place for public / community engagement and promotion is within the council chambers and offices. The Police commissioners promises that he made during the election for the position have fallen by the wayside as there was supposed to be more public engagement not less. pan
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