East Yardley Neighbourhood Forum
I attended a meeting of the East Yardley Neighbourhood Forum to discuss devolution last night.
An interesting point was that some youths decided to try to block the door at the end of the meeting. It was relatively easy to break the blockage, but it is this sort of anti-social behaviour that really irritates people.
For all the time the government have spent on new laws the procedures do not really exist for the sort of totting up type of situation in which people commit a lot of relatively minor nuisance type offences with no fear of any sanction.
I cited at the meeting the problem with the driver of a stolen car who would not be prosecuted according to the CPS.
The people at the meeting seemed to be quite happy with the way in which devolution was working. Our proposals to make funding available to smaller groups on an easy basis also went down well.