Chance to quiz Cleveland Police leader Barry Coppinger at Greatham meeting

Barry Coppinger
Barry Coppinger

MORE residents are urged to attend an annual parish meeting when people can quiz the region’s top crimefighter.

Cleveland Police’s Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger will attend Greatham’s Annual Parish Meeting on Monday night.

Organisers on Greatham Parish Council are encouraging more people to get involved with the meeting and make their voices heard on any issues.

Brian Walker, chairman of the parish council, said the meeting generally attracts around 20 members of the public.

He said: “The more we get the merrier. The meeting is a good opportunity for people to get involved, say what is bothering them and ask questions.

“Things like dog fouling and drain problems are common issues but it is the electors that set the agenda.”

Mr Walker said Mr Coppinger, who is Cleveland’s first elected crime commissioner, has been invited after concerns over Greatham’s police coverage.

“We don’t see enough of our police officers,” he said. “When our PCSO was off sick there was no-one to step in and we felt rather neglected which is something people in the village raise.”

Mr Coppinger will be joined at the meeting by a Hartlepool Police representative.

And council planning and neighbourhood services representatives will also be at the event to talk to residents and answer questions.

Mr Walker said: “They have asked to come and explain how the planning system works and to try to get a better level of response from the public to applications rather than just from the parish council.”

Invited guests will give presentations to the audience and the floor will be opened up for questions.

Greatham’s councillors for the Rural West, and fens and Rossmere wards will also be there.

The annual parish meeting will take place at Greatham Community Centre, Front Street, and start at 6.30pm.