Rural Policing and Community Funding

Residents’ Public Meeting on Rural Policing and Community Funding at St Mary’s Church, Herriard next Tuesday (May 3rd) evening, 7.30pm for 8.00pm start

Residents will remember that, back in March of last year, sufficient pledges were made (by parish councils, landowners, businesses and residents) for PC Andrew Reid to be reallocated back to his local beat and to be supplied with his own 4×4. However, this “Community Funding” proposal, after much discussion, was turned down by the current Police & Crime Commissioner (Simon Hayes) in October of last year.

Now, with the election coming up next Thursday for the post of Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight area, a number of residents thought that it would be a good idea to ask all the candidates to come to a meeting to make statements and answer questions on this specific subject of Community Funding.

Six of the seven candidates have agreed to attend a Public Meeting next Tuesday evening, 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start, at St Mary’s Church in Herriard RG25 2PL (on the A339 opposite the Timber Fencing yard). They are:

Richard Adair, Liberal Democrat
Simon Hayes, Independent (the current PCC, re-standing for election)
Don Jerrard, Independent
Michael Lane, Conservative Party
Robin Price, Labour Party
Steve Watts, Independent
Roy Swales (UKIP) has sent his apologies as he had a pre-booked meeting in Southampton   to attend.

Also, a representative of the NFU (National Farmers Union) will be there.

Because of the subject matter, it is hoped that there will be a large turnout on the evening.

Please try to attend if you are able – with thanks for your support.