Temporary housing tenants trigger local meeting

| 03/04/2009

(CNS): The pending arrival of new residents on the government’s temporary housing assistance programme into their neighbourhood prompted the people of Flute Lane in West Bay to convene a meeting with the local police recently. Existing residents had the opportunity to meet with the newcomers, who are currently housed in temporary accommodation on Scholars Drive but who will shortly be moving into the old John Silvers hotel, and discuss what were described as issues of “mutual concern".

The meeting was hosted by West Bay police in a private home on Tuesday, 31 March, and chaired by Area Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell.  “Almost everyone from the neighbourhood attended the meeting and issues were discussed in an amicable and productive manner,”said Howell. “It demonstrates that people will work together in doing all they can to live peacefully with each other.”

Inspector Charles Best and Diana Brodowska, a West Bay resident who formally served as a neighbourhood watch scheme coordinator in England, were also at the meeting. “Ms Brodowska is volunteering with West Bay police on educating communities on the benefits of neighbourhood watch schemes,” CI Howell explained, adding that attendees were given information on the schemes as well as crime prevention brochures.

“The scheme proves beneficial to both the community and police, and all neighbourhoods should come together and work with their local police to tackle crime together,” Howell added.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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