North Siders voice concerns

An appeal is going out to the residents of the District of North Side to help with community policing.

‘I can sit down and write a plan for the district, but I need your input,’ said Chief Inspector Richard Barrow at a community meeting Thursday night at the North Side Civic Centre ‘I can’t sit down and push what we’re doing down your throat. We must police with your consent.’

About 15 residents gathered to tell Mr. Barrow, Assistant Inspector Ian Yearwood, Neighbourhood Office PC Mark Miller and other officers what was uppermost on their minds in the way of police matters in the district.

Topping the list was the problem with people who speed through the district, which has a speed limit of 30mph.

The problem is greatest on weekends when visitors and residents from other districts travel to Rum Point and Kaibo beaches.

A suggestion was made to put up more mph signs and for police to be more visible.

‘Your district has nine officers that provide service for you on a daily basis,’ Mr. Barrow said. ‘There are times when your police station will be closed. At no time are you without police officers.’

Some of those at the meeting expressed concern about a Mardi Gras event planned at Kaibo Yacht Club Wednesday.

Emergency crews had difficulty getting to the Kaibo area last year because people attending the event parked their cars on either side of Water Cay Road, making it difficult to enter or leave the function.

One elderly sick gentleman had to be taken by boat to a dock away from the Kaibo area to be transported to a vehicle to be taken to hospital. There was also a suicide attempt in the Kaibo area last year and an ambulance couldn’t get through. The attempt was unsuccessful.

People who live near the Yacht Club have complained about the traffic situation during events such as Mardi Gras.

Kaibo management is making arrangements this year for cars to park away from the area and be shuttled to the event.

Mr. Barrow said he was to meet with event organisers Friday.

Another issue that was raised by those attending was the use of the North Side Playfield by young people during all hours of the night and drinking alcohol there.

Signs have been ordered informing people that alcohol at the playfield is illegal.

Other concerns included wave runner riders driving too close to the shore and swimmers, being kept informed about the progress of burglary investigations and parking problems at the playfield when games are going on.

At the end of the meeting Mr. Barrow promised residents will see an increased police presence in North Side.