Clamp down on drugs on estate
Posted by Aroundtown from Mountain Ash on the 11th January 2011
Just read this in the Cynon Valley Leader, good on the residents of Fernhill and their councillor I say for taking on those who sell and peddle drugs in our communities!
Crackdown starts to remove drugs menace from estate
RID our community of the scourge of drugs, is the plea from residents of a Cynon Valley housing estate.
And in response to their concerns, a major crackdown on the drugs menace on the Fernhill Estate has been launched.
A top-level meeting of all interested parties, spearheaded by ward councillor Andrew Morgan and chairman of the Fernhill Residents Association Kel Palmer, has kick-started the new campaign.
At the meeting, community groups Community First, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council officers, RCT Homes, the police and drug squad officers met to share information.
Kel Palmer said: "Fernhill has improved beyond all recognition in recent years but we still have grave concerns about the drug problem on the estate.
"Fernhill is no worse and indeed a lot better than most areas in Wales but even a little can be too much and the community believes it is vital to identify the source and unite with those agencies which have the power to prevent or contain the selling of drugs."
Coun Andrew Morgan said: "The message I'm getting time and time again is that is that drug dealing is not welcome in our community and residents want to put a stop to it.
"While drug users I believe need support and help, it's difficult for those agencies to make inroads helping families when drugs are freely available."
The residents of Fernhill, he said, were not prepared to tolerate this. They felt able to give information to the police and it was to their credit that they were speaking out.
"With government cuts looming in police numbers over the coming years and the recent news of the Aberdare Court closure, it's now more imperative than ever that these agencies work together," said Coun Morgan.
Inspector Steve Meek said: "We have acted and will continue to act on the information we receive from the public.
"For the last 18 months, our local neighbourhood officers have been working closely with key community groups to tackle drugs on the estate, and this is having a positive impact.
"A number of people have been arrested and sent to prison, taking them out of the community altogether. But drug dealers are always looking for an opportunity. We can put some out of business, but there are others ready to step into their place, so it is vital that the community continues to work together to ensure Fernhill doesn't become an easy target.
"Anyone who has information about drug dealing in the area should contact Mountain Ash Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
"We will act on the information we get."