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Neighbourhood Action Group's call for more members

Neighbourhood Action Group's call for more members

Reporter:

Francis Batt

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Neighbourhood Action Group's call for more members

A Neighbourhood Action Group designed to bring police, problem solving agencies and public together is struggling to survive.

Police neighbourhood specialist officer PC Val De Haan said this week that no-one had come forward to chair future meetings of Inner Windsor's NAG since former chairman Martin Pritchett stood down. Only three members of the public came to a recent meeting.

NAGs were introduced five years ago to enable local residents to interract with representatives of the police, the Royal Borough, housing associations and other problem solving agencies.

But PC De Haan said: "It is getting to the stage where there are more administration partners than members of the public at our meetings and that can't be right."

In a recent newsletter sent to members he revealed that January's meeting was so poorly intended - with no chairman - that it was decided to have one more try to recruit residents before ceasing operating altogether.

PC De Haan was having to take notes of the meeting himself because there were no volunteers to record what was said.

He said: "I have had people telling me I should not be doing that but there is no-one else to do it.

"It is the problem of modern life. A lot of people work in London and don't have the time or energy to come to a NAG meeting when they get home."

But the picture is not all bleak. PC De Haan said that three new people had joined. He said 690 homes have recently responded to a consultation document showing that people were interested in their community.

He said: "If we lost the NAG we would be losing a vital voice for Windsor."

The next meeting is due to take place on Wednesday, February 15 at 6.30pm in the Yellow Bar at Goswell Hill.

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