Went for a walkabout with Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore earlier around the Maple Park/Jubilee Park area.
Clearly the area still has its challenges and I’m glad the Police are keeping a close eye on it but I do think things have improved since the first time I visited it a few years ago. To be frank, I found it to be arguably the most sinister area I’d visited in Town.
Recently Tim led a bid alongside the Borough Council to secure money from Government (and was successful in securing £400,000) to invest in the area to fund more work to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour problems. I’m confident this will make a difference.
I visited about 6 months ago or so and was pleased to see the new play equipment being widely used but shared many residents concerns about the amount of litter. I wrote to the Borough Council at the time asking for them to take action and today I was pleased to see there wasn’t the same amount of litter than there was the last time I visited.
There must be no “no go areas” in our Town. Everyone deserves to live in a neighbourhood where they feel safe and secure.