Steve Harwood

Labour Activist, #Sharkstoppers Campaigner and Blogger

Labour Activist, #Sharkstoppers Campaigner and Blogger. All views are my own (well, some were originally my mother's...) 

Crime in Swanscombe

It won’t surprise you to hear that I receive more letters and emails about crime than any other issue. And, if these letters are any indication, the problem is getting worse.

Asking for “something” to be done hasn’t gotten us anywhere, so now I want to be more specific.

I’m writing a plan for reducing crime in Swanscombe. This will outline exactly what investment is needed, and where. I want to be able to say, we need lights on this street, locks on these gates, more police presence here, here and here – and so on. But to do all that, I need all the details, and I can only get them from you.

Please, can you take a few minutes to fill in this survey

It’s only 8 questions, and it’s entirely anonymous. I would also appreciate it if people could pass it on to others in Swanscombe.

I’ll also be delivering paper copies to residents, and I’ll be visiting people to ask about their experiences – if you or anyone you know would like a visit please just let me know. And of course, if you have any other thoughts to add you can contact me directly:

Mobile: 07949626195
Twitter: @girlsteve

Finally, I’m going to blatantly steal a great idea from a resident and ask people to tag any facebook/twitter posts on this issue with #SwanscombeCrime, and I’ll include these stories too.

I’ll be having a meeting to discuss the results – venue and time to be confirmed once I know how many people want to attend and when they’re free. If you want to come to this meeting and help finalise the plan, please let me know.

Thanks in advance.

Flooding Update

Just wanted to update those of you that have been in touch about flooding in Swanscombe.

Two key areas have been brought to my attention as having persistent and serious problems with flooding. Residents on Milton Street had contacted me, to say that they had been complaining about the issue for 20 years, and business owners on the Manor Way Business Park had raised the issue of flooding at the entrance to the site.

This week Kent County Council representatives were asked to attend a Scrutiny Meeting at Dartford Council. I also attended, in order to ask specifically ask about Manor Road and Milton Street, and I was given the following answers:

They plan to install a pumping station to pump excess surface water away from the Manor Way site and into drainage system downstream. This work is due for completion in March/ April.

On Milton Street, further work is needed to increase the capacity of the drainage system. The ditch will be extended and a soakaway will be installed. Ditching work will take place in May, as it can’t be done while the ground is saturated.

I’d like to thank the residents that took the time to discuss this with me, and to write statements for the committee. If they hadn’t, these areas would most likely have been overlooked. I would also like to thank all of my colleagues – holding KCC to account was a cross party effort, and everyone was supportive of the case you all helped me to make.

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