YT attended the monthly meeting of the Corringham and Fobbing community forum on Monday night. We initially attended because we understood the state of the Adizone in the park was going to be discussed.
Before we went to the meeting, we went to the Adizone and filmed what now looks like a warzone.
The Adizone was opened just under eighteen months at a cost of £167,000. Jointly funded by Thurrock Council, Veoila Mardyke, partnership for schools and the community forum. It was opened by olympic weightlifter, Zoe Smith.
Now, it is all but destroyed. Nazi insignia, large parts dug up and the whole surface is like a disgusting sticky carpet. Go to the Adizone and wipe your feet on the way out.
As we walked to the library, you could see a group of twenty five “feral street rats” hanging outside the shops and forcing customers to run the gauntlet.
The meeting covered several issues, which we will cover in due course.
The question of the library came up. Deputy head of Thurrock libraries, Jenny Meads reported that the library had been, to all intents and purposes, under siege all summer.
The council had employed a security guard which has helped “a little bit” but they can no longer afford him, so they have gone.
Jenny Meads described at the meeting, a library, virtually under siege. With yobs pushing over chairs and computers, lighting cigarettes and clambering onto the top of the roof.
The youths on the roof had summed up the whole problem as they shouted: “You can’t touch us”
The meeting was attended by a sergeant and a constable. They appeared well meaning but seemed to look on at events described as merely, onlookers.
You suspected that never in a month of sundays would there be any move to arrest or deal with the situation robustly. They pleaded staffing problems, which begged the question why it needed two officers to sit at a meeting for three hours.
Indeed, one officer informed the meeting that he was conducting a thorough investigation as to whether mulled wine could be drunk outside at the Winter Fair.
The councillors who attended, Tories Phil Anderson and Andrew Roast did not have much to say on the issue whilst the Labour councillor, Phil Smith did the usual councillor thing and mouthed something about PCSO’s.
The meeting ended with the chair of the forum, Danni Tate handing in her resignation, with immediate effect. She told the meeting that it was “partly” due to the Winter Fair.
The YT reporter left the meeting reflecting on a conversation he had with a voter outside a Corringham Polling Station in May 2011. We asked what were their main concerns in Corringham. They stated “Crime”.
He said: “For the life of me, I cannot understand why, we see “youths” committing crimes in Corringham and the police seem to give it passing attention. They have lost the streets round here.”
The reporter asked what the voter did for a living?
He replied” “I work for the Met Police.”