Last year, following the shooting in Woodthorpe, I held a public meeting that was attended by lots of local residents. Since then I’ve been working hard with local councillors and the TARA to put in place some of the points that were raised by people concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour at that meeting.
I’ve been lobbying the police for a greater presence on Woodthorpe and for a more dedicated neighbourhood team; I’ve met with ACIS and the local councillors to discuss their response to housing and anti-social behaviour issues and I’ve been working with Sheffield Futures to improve the youth club on the estate.
One of the main points that was raised was the need for more CCTV and I’m really pleased that after months of pursuing, the Council, Police and ACIS have finally agreed to install new CCTV cameras in Woodthorpe, involving the Council, Police and ACIS housing.
I know that local people were particularly concerned that CCTV cameras previously located on the corner of Nodder Road and on Ulley Road had been damaged, removed and not replaced. I’m very happy to say that an agreement has now been reached, at my request, to place a new camera in the area.
Residents have been understandably worried about the drug dealing, antisocial behaviour, and use of off-road bikes in the area – as well as the several serious incidents, and shootings in Woodthorpe in 2017 and 2018.
I hope that the new cameras help the police to deal with the problems that residents of Woodthorpe have raised. Thank you to the Council and the local people who brought these problems to my attention.