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Home Office Minister visits Hartcliffe

Dawn Primarolo invites Caroline Flint to see the area for herself

Home Office Minister, Caroline Flint, visited Hartcliffe on Thursday as part of Labour's bid to tackle antisocial behaviour in Bristol South.

The visit was arranged by local MP Dawn Primarolo: "I met residents in February to talk to them about the problem, and have raised their concerns with the Home Office. So, when I heard Caroline was going to be in Bristol I encouraged her to come and see the area for herself".

The Minister visited Bristol South Community Watch (BSCW) to meet local residents. Ms Flint said: "It was good to sit down with local residents and hear their views, and I was really impressed by the work of the Community Watch. Partnership between local communities, the police, councils and government is essential if we are going to tackle antisocial behaviour once and for all".

Welcoming the Minister, Brian Banwell (Chair of BSCW) said: "The meeting gave us a chance to express all sorts of opinions, which Caroline handled very well. I think we all came away reassured that things are being done to tackle our problems, and that things are gradually getting better".

Local councillor, Royston Griffey said: "Labour takes residents' concerns about antisocial behaviour very seriously. That's why, locally, we have established a council select committee dedicated to improving our response, to back-up the new powers we have been given by the Government".

[7 July 2004]

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