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RESIDENTS in Killyleagh have been urged by the Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to attend a public meeting on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 7pm in the Bridge Centre.

Down PCSP are delivering a community safety action plan in the area over the forthcoming months and this meeting will be an opportunity to ensure locals have input into the plan.

Calling on local residents in Killyleagh to attend the Down PCSP meeting at the Bridge Centre are Councillor Billy Walker, PCSP Offocer Priscilla McAlinden, Councillor Willie Clarke, PCSP Chairman, and Councillor Terry Andrews.

Calling on local residents in Killyleagh to attend the Down PCSP meeting at the Bridge Centre are Councillor Billy Walker, PCSP Officer Priscilla McAlinden, Councillor Willie Clarke, PCSP Chairman, and Councillor Terry Andrews.

The Action Plan will look at issues such as dog fouling, graffiti and anti-social behaviour. Recently, surveys were distributed to households in Killyleagh to find out the policing and community safety concerns of  residents in the area. The information gathered from the surveys has been collated and the results will be displayed at the public meeting.

Local agencies such as the PSNI and NIHE as well as local councillors will attend the meeting and the public will have the opportinity to ask questions on community safety issues. The elements of the Action Plan will be decided at the meeting.

PCSP Chairman Councillor Willie Clarke said: “The public meeting will be an excellent opportunity for local people in Killyleagh to decide the elements of the action plan. I am delighted with the high number of surveys returned and would like to thank people for taking time to complete them. This action plan is a partnership approach and hopefully the roll out of the action plan will improve the quality of life of people living in Killyleagh.

“If you require any further information on the Killyleagh Community Safety Action Plan please contact the Policing and Community Safety Partnership at Down District Council on 028 4461 0800.”

It is hoped that at the meeting a new community group can be formed to be responsible for the community welfare of the the town.

Rowallene Councillor Billy Walker said: “We don;t have a specific bone fide group on Killyleagh to address these type of issue sand I would hope that we can get one set up next Thursday evening. This meeting will be chaired by the PCSP, and we all hope there will be a positive response from the people of Killyleagh. We have to address these issues of anti-social behaviour in particular before it gets any worse. Now is the time to deal with it.”

Councillor Terry Andrews added that “We are keen to see progress in Killyleagh. It would be a step forward to see the Bridge Centre accommodating the young people of the town later on at weekends on Saturday night especially when it has mainly been closed.”