ZOOM MEETING TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS WITH STUDENTS AT ARDLEIGH GREEN CAMPUS
Yesterday evening I attended an online meeting to discuss the urgent need to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour relating to Ardleigh Green Campus of the local college.
Over 200 people attended, including residents, the local MP, police, the local vicar, local councillors. Keith Prince (London Assembly member) shopkeepers and the Principal and Deputy Principal of the local college.
One problem identified was the total lack of CCTV in Ardleigh Green and Damian White, local councillor and Leader of The Council agreed, as a matter of urgency, for temporary CCTV to be fitted until a full survey of the area and CCTV needs identified.
This will enable the college to identify potential troublemakers and be able to pass that information to the police to act. Sadly once the students have left the college grounds the college only have common law rights.
There were questions about whether the time was right for the college to consider relocation as local feeling was the student numbers had outgrown the size of the college.
The Principal responded by telling the meeting that from September 2021 200+ students (mainly engineering and vocational classes ) will be moving to the new campus located in Rainham thus reducing numbers at the Ardleigh Green Campus.
There are also plans to increase bus services to be increased to enable students to leave the area after classes finished. Councillor Melvin Wallace is already dealing with this matter with TFL.
The Deputy Principal also agreed to provide a number for a “ HOT LINE” so as members of the public who had concerns could speedily contact a member of staff who would have the knowledge and the resources to speedily resolve the problem.
Chief Inspector Kevin Weeden of the MPS said they are looking at increasing local patrols and possible supply of cycles to make the officers more mobile.
The meeting closed with the agreement that updates will be sent to the people that attended and regular updates and possibly future on line meetings to be arranged.
Geoff Lloyd 27th November 2020.