Residents are still experiencing anti-social behaviour at the station, as sadly predicted four years ago when the additional level was added.
I’ve been working with Jonathan Lord MP (he has more clout than I do), and we’ve been calling for a joined up approach, as the piece meal approaches taken in the past have been largely a failure.
The Crime & Community Manager at South Western Railway has been proactively engaged with residents, has visited the Railway Station car park and taken the issue up with the British Transport Police. As a result of this, the BTP have had a greater presence in the car park and have responded more proactively when they have been contacted recently. They have taken personal details of the people and have promised to follow up repeat offenders. He is also contacting the company who operate the car park to ask them to monitor the car park more regularly.
The BTP are keen to take statements from any residents who want to lodge a complaint. If you are able to provide additional evidence, please come via me in the first instance and we’ll go from there.
As usual with anti-social behaviour, action only occurs when residents consistently complain. There has been some good progress in recent weeks, but momentum must be maintained. If you are disturbed by anti-social behaviour at the station, please call it in.
Evidence collected by the BTP shows only a small number of complaints have been made which is why little action has been taken previously. The simplest way to complain to the BTP about the anti-social behaviour at the car park is via text to 61016. There is also an online form: http://www.btp.police.uk/contact_us/report_a_crime.aspx