Forest Town Community Council (FTCC)
Meetings held in 2011
Items under discussion at July’s meeting of Forest Town Community Council included the following:
PC Kevin Parsons introduced new PCSO Aysha Fichna to the Community Council after informing us that PCSO Jenny Hudson who had been patrolling our streets for a year had left the district. Jenny and Aysha had swapped districts so that both would be working nearer to home.
PC Parsons informed us that overall crime figures were down with two exceptions; Vehicle Crime and Serious Acquisitive Crime had increased. Kevin warned everyone to be aware of thefts of diesel from work vans, etc. as this has increased lately.
The Police are continuing to monitor scrap metal collectors, some of whom take metal items from property without authorization from the owners.
We now have four police officers operating in Forest Town.
PC Phil Snape and PC Kevin Parsons are the new Beat Managers and are ably assisted by PCSOs Sarah Gilbert and Aysha Fichna.
Contact nos. for the Police are:
Emergency No – 999
Non-emergency NO. 0300 300 99 99 (You must phone this number to get a Crime Number when reporting a crime)
PC Phil Snape – 07889 702 827
PCSO Sarah Gilbert – 07595 074 319
PC Kevin Parson – 07595 074 204
We do not yet have Aysha’s number.
Neighbourhood Warden Jason Ashton – 07875 399 949
Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111
Grimebusters to report dog fouling and littering etc – 463463
Among other issues discussed was the possibility of forming a sub-committee to FTCC with Council House Residents on Laurel Avenue who wish to be connected to FTCC but for various reasons are not able to come to the Meetings.
Shlomo Dowen, who fought valiantly against the siting of an incinerator in Forest Town and later Rainworth, assured the members that Veolia, although appealing against the ruling not to have an incinerator here or in Rainworth, would not win their case.
Jim Pugh, Co-chair of the Planning sub-committee, with Shlomo suggested that the sub-committee should meet to discuss the ongoing planning applications for further developments in Forest Town which would have an adverse effect on the infrastructure of the village, and that we should work closely with other districts which would be similarly affected.
Under any other Business, Vice-chair Jim Gregson announced that this year’s Christmas Lights Event will take place on Thursday, 24th November at 7pm. Rev. Philip Stead will lead a short Carol Service at St. Alban’s Church; this will be followed by the lights in the Christmas Tree at the Crossroads being switched on. A short procession along Clipstone Road West to the Methodist Church for Kingsway lights to be illuminated and thence into the Methodist Church for another short Carol Service led by the new Minister there. Refreshments will be provided by the Trinity Cafe donations for which will be gratefully accepted.
April’s meeting of the Community Council was again well attended. The guest speaker was Insp. Sam Wilson who introduced our new Beat Managers: Pes Kevin Parsons and Philip Snape and PCSO Sarah Gilbert who will be working alongside resident PCSO Jenny Hudson. An area of concern was opportunist burglaries. Insp. Wilson emphasized the need for residents to check windows and doors are secure at night and before leaving the premises during the warm weather. There are also rising incidents of property being taken from premises by scrap metal collectors illegally. In one incident several kitchen appliances which had been put outside whilst the kitchen was redecorated were taken away.
Thanks to County Councillors Martin Wright and Bob Cross the No. 17 bus has been redirected down Stanley Road giving the residents there a much needed bus service.
The next meeting of the Community Council is 17th May at 7.15pm in the Sherwood Room, Forest Town Welfare. Forest Town Conservation Group meets again on 11th May at 7pm in the Sherwood Room, Forest Town Welfare. Spa Ponds walk will take place on 4th June meeting at the White Gates car park at 9.30am.
March 2011 (AGM)
At the AGM on 151h March, Chair Syd Owen delivered his Chair’s report on the events of the past year, Phyllis Gregson reported on the Youth Steering Group which was set up 18 months ago to help the Youth Club in Forest Town, and Treasurer Val Moss gave the Treasurer’s report. The above committee was reelected en-bloc. It was decided that the Constitution of Forest Town Community Council be changed to allow people with business interests in Forest Town and those who are interested in the welfare of the village to be eligible to attend future meetings.
Inspector Neil Williams of Mansfield Police addressed the meeting and spoke about the workings of the Force in Mansfield and later answered questions put by members of the Council. Mr. Paul Lilley gave a brief information talk about the forthcoming census.
Shlomo and Jim Pugh are forming a Planning Sub-committee to monitor any planning issues which may affect Forest Town.
Other issues discussed were littering, the allotments and dog fouling.
The inaugural meeting of the newly-formed Forest Town Nature Conservation Group was held on 23 March and on the 24 March the Trinity Cafe at the Methodist Church hosted a Social Evening for members of the Community Council. To mark their retirement from Mansfield District Council, Chair Syd Owen presented Cllr. Heather Henshaw with a powder compact and Vice-chair Jim Gregson presented Cllr. Alistair Windeatt with a pen in recognition of their service to Forest Town.