Please allow me a space in your editorial to highlight a number of issues being faced in the Windsor Park community, which is a part of the George Town South electoral district. These issues were raised by residents at a community meeting held on 17 Oct.
Over the years, commuters have used Oakmill Street and other roads in Windsor Park as “shortcuts” to beat the morning traffic and get to work on time. It would help residents if, during peak times, a police officer was posted near the entrances to Windsor Park, in particular, from Fairbanks Road and Walkers Road during the period from 7-8:30am. The authorities should also consider fines to discourage drivers from using Windsor Park as an alternative highway.
Community members say that, late at night, sometimes 2am and 3am, they can hear loud music from cars or from late-night parties. If a plainclothes officer patrols these areas, perhaps the police will be able to observe the playing of loud music at late hours. Maybe a ticket or warning can be issued or fine imposed.
Long-time residents say that some drivers leave their cars on the side of the road or park in inappropriate places. This leads to various issues, including the blocking of lanes and making areas inaccessible to emergency vehicles. Perhaps the owners can be fined.
Residents also complained that, on some occasions while exercising in the area, dogs attacked them. The authorities should ensure that owners keep these dogs in a safe manner so that they do not pose danger to the community.
Windsor Park residents are hoping that some issues will be curbed with the presence of the new community beat officer. If the authorities view Windsor Park residents with the same level of importance as affluent areas, we can once again enjoy our roads and have the quiet enjoyment of property.