Decision on East Wichel parking still months away

In a marathon community meeting on Wednesday, once again one of the main topics of discussion was parking in East Wichel. A report from the community police officer also generated a lot of debate.

Scorhill Lane with parked cars
Street parking in East Wichel.
In a meeting lasting over two hours, the councillor who will make the decision on whether to implement parking restrictions in East Wichel, Garry Perkins, was there to hear opinions from the community. He encouraged anyone in East Wichel with an opinion on the proposed restrictions to email their opinions to him (), even if they have already responded to the formal consultations. All three ward councillors for East Wichel were also at the meeting.

Earlier in the meeting, the community police officer for East Wichel, Sophia Best, gave an update on crime and disorder. Reported crime levels in East Wichel are low, similar to those in Lawns or Broome Manor, she said, with much of the crime and antisocial behaviour mentioned on local Facebook groups going unreported. Sophia, whose area also includes Old Town, Okus and Lawns, encouraged anyone who had experienced crime or antisocial behaviour to report it by calling 101 or, for emergencies only, 999. Criminal damage in-progress should also be reported on 999, she said. Even though, particularly on busy evenings, they may not be able to respond to reports of minor disorder, information provided would help them take action against known troublemakers. Non-emergency information could also be reported to her team, using the neighbourhood policing team email address ().

PC Best also reported that drivers of over 160 vehicles had been given ‘advice’ for using the bus gate at the Croft Road end of East Wichel, many using it as a shortcut to Nationwide’s head office. When the police returned on a later date and issued fixed penalty notices, quite a few of those caught had been amongst those they had previously spoken to.