Town's various issues need to be addressed

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By Plymouth Herald | Monday, January 07, 2013, 05:30

NOW we are entering a new year I would like to submit a few suggestions to Cornwall Council and Saltash Town Council that would benefit our residents and the town of Saltash.

With regard to our local police station could we not have an open day so that local residents can see what our taxes are being spent on? I do not see the point of a "closed to the public" police station. If you wish to report a matter dial 101, no, that didn't work. Go to Crownhill, they are open to the public at certain times. Why bother. Hey presto a reduction in the number of reported crimes.

I am fed up with the constant sabre rattling from the police telling us they are going to clamp down on crime, when did you last see a bobby on the beat? Also they were going to clamp down on motorists who park on the pavement. On the one occasion I drew the attention of such an offence to an officer I was told that it is okay to park on a pavement as long as there is room for a mobility scooter to pass! Presumably if you have a double baby buggy you have to push it into the road. Also there are many elderly people who are afraid to go out after dark. The police are slowly losing their grip.

Close down another public toilet so we now have more people urinating in doorways and in the streets. For anyone visiting Saltash there is a public convenience in Belle Vue car park, it's a disgrace. On my last visit it stank, there were no lights and the hand wash machine didn't work. Does this place ever get cleaned? Probably by a contractor employed by the council who probably gets paid huge amounts of money and does as little as possible and whose "work" is never checked.

The streets are filthy, litter bins overflow, dog mess everywhere, despite the amount of warning signs which dog owners ignore because no action is ever taken against the offenders. Is it not time to reintroduce the dog licence and fund the anti fouling campaign and employ a few dog wardens with the proceeds?

Our local shopkeepers are struggling in this present financial climate. Why can we not have free car parking say after 10am (which would deter the park and ride brigade). Plympton has free parking and business is booming.

Fore Street, can we not remove the swearing, spitting, cigarette butt-throwing drinkers from the pavements outside the drinking establishments, which many people find intimidating?

It has been suggested that Fore Street would benefit from the installation of a "talking bench". I ask why not some dancing lampposts and singing litter bins?

Can we dispense with these crackpot ideas and tackle the real problems such as the railway station buildings which are an utter disgrace. This is part of our heritage which if neglected any longer will be lost forever. What an embarrassment to an historic town – the gateway to Cornwall!

Saltash has always been a divided town, upper and lower, unless you are fit or drive a car then access is difficult if not impossible for some poorer residents. Some years ago it was suggested that a railcar be installed between the waterside and the town, why not go for the cheaper option and negotiate with First bus to divert the number 33 say once an hour to the waterside area and a similar service could be provided for the residents and visitors to Forder.

Lastly, could our local school teachers be encouraged to teach their pupils respect for the town they live in by explaining that it is not right to burn bus shelters or the backs of bus seats, litter the streets, damage property and generally behave like morons, as it seems that many parents no longer care. I just hope they are proud of their offspring.

Let's all work together and get Saltash back to the way it was many years ago.

R WILLIAMS

Saltash

      

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  • Profile image for gareth-parker

    Although i agree with a lot R. Williams has to say, he/she comes across as quite aggressive. I moved away from Saltash in the mid 80's to see the world and came back to bring up my kids here. I was pleasantly surprised in how much Saltash has improved compared to back then, some things do need improvement i.e the train station. I remember Fore Street on any weekend having quite a lot of violence, people being sick in the street, broken shop windows etc. I assume R. Williams has a short memory or didn't live here in the 80's when this happened.
    As for the residents of Saltash now they seem to have moved on in a very positive way compared to the small minded, stagnant attitude of the past ( apart from the openly racist bigotry i have witnessed, mainly the older generation, not young) As for the children of Saltash, i think you are being very harsh, i have four sons who have never been in trouble(3 of them teenagers) i like most of the children i meet and the teachers are top class, as are the schools. I understand there is problems but on the whole it is a nice place to live and has far less crime than other places i have lived(maybe why the Police station is closed). I am proud of my home town, if you are not , there is plenty of ways you can help change it.
    Gareth Parker. Saltash.

    By gareth-parker at 18:59 on 21/01/13

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  • Profile image for gareth-parker

    Although i agree with a lot R. Williams has to say, he/she comes across as quite aggressive. I moved away from Saltash in the mid 80's to see the world and came back to bring up my kids here. I was pleasantly surprised in how much Saltash has improved compared to back then, some things do need improvement i.e the train station. I remember Fore Street on any weekend having quite a lot of violence, people being sick in the street, broken shop windows etc. I assume R. Williams has a short memory or didn't live here in the 80's when this happened.
    As for the residents of Saltash now they seem to have moved on in a very positive way compared to the small minded, stagnant attitude of the past ( apart from the openly racist bigotry i have witnessed, mainly the older generation, not young) As for the children of Saltash, i think you are being very harsh, i have four sons who have never been in trouble(3 of them teenagers) i like most of the children i meet and the teachers are top class, as are the schools. I understand there is problems but on the whole it is a nice place to live and has far less crime than other places i have lived(maybe why the Police station is closed). I am proud of my home town, if you are not , there is plenty of ways you can help change it.
    Gareth Parker. Saltash.

    By gareth-parker at 18:43 on 21/01/13

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    I fully agree fully with what R.Williams has written , we should try and persuade him to put up for council , sounds like he is just what this town needs , regarding the talkig bench , why on earth do we need one of those , it's just going to be another target for the towns vandals , something like that would need an electrified cage to protect , come on Saltash council spend our money on something the town needs you've just wasted thousands on a silly plastic celtic cross , don't waste any more thankyou : saltashron

    By Saltashron at 19:49 on 09/01/13

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    From Saltash Town Council website 'Events' page.

    Thu 10 Jan LOCAL POLICE SURGERY
    10:30am - 12:00pm Every Thursday at Saltash Library. Come and meet our local Police Officers - a private room is available for anyone wishing to discuss a private matter. Saltash Library

    Why not go and discuss your ' Police' concerns there?

    Saltash Town Council meets the first Thursday of every month at 7pm in the Guildhall. Why not ask questions there?

    By peterjcl at 14:51 on 08/01/13

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    Although the above is a little OTT, I agree with the sentiments almost entirely! However, the Town Council are actually pushing for the town's best interests - against the obstacle that we are so far east of the Truro-based Cornwall Council that we hardly seem to register to them!

    I suggest a visit to the Guildhall on the first Thursday evening of the month, where you will find a group of like-minded individuals who welcome your interest.

    By TarmacJunkie at 00:33 on 08/01/13

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