stephennewton wrote:The conspirators are the Lib Dems, who have jumped on this very short path that affects very few people and created a populist NIMBY campaign. They are also good at misinformation (e.g. grossly exaggerated costs) and like to pretend this is a council proposal, so they can pretend it's an example of Labour waste.
I'm afraid you're not doing yourself and your cause much of a favour by peddling any kind of conspiracy, regardless of which direction it might be coming from. You'd be much better advised to stay with the facts. Speaking of which, what exactly are they? And what are the costs - not the grossly exaggerated ones utilised in any kind of conspiracy, but the real ones?
stephennewton wrote:I know lots of people are afraid of crime and nobody can guarantee any particular street will never suffer a burglary or other crime. But I certainly don't recognise the picture of rising crime. We've not suffered any incidents for a couple of years now and have never experienced graffiti or other vandalism.
Then you have been very lucky! The pathway behind the houses in my street has been closed a few years ago, and it wasn't one minute too soon, as we had dozens of burglaries originating that way over the years, not to mention drug dealing and drug use (piles of needles stacking up), more than a handful of muggings, etc. And that's mentioning the fact that everybody and their dog was using the pathway as a public toilet. Plus, fly tipping was rife.
On a couple of occasions I staved off potential burglars on a recce for a Christmas burglary in the middle of the night. One time I looked out of the window before going to bed, and there were a dozen armed police with body armour, etc, strategically placed all over the street obviously hunting for somebody trying to escape via the pathway. Living like this felt like being somewhat under siege. And no, I'm not a daily mail reader, and yes, this has all been very real.
Needless to say, I'm very grateful for the then Lib Dem local government to get going with the alley-gating scheme and see it through (after the previous Labour council first agreed to the alley-gating, but then made a U-turn and dragged a potential decision along for more than half a decade....).
In short: me and my neighbours are feeling considerably saver these days. The fact that there hasn't been a single incident since the closing of the pathway bears this out.
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