Town's various issues need to be addressed
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.
FORE STREET: Would Saltash's main shopping centre benefit from the addition of a talking bench?
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.