- 66% respondents are dissatisfied with the policing of the village and how “anti-social behaviour seems to be tolerated by the police.”
- 68% of respondents feel very dissatisfied with the failure of Thanet Council to quickly and professionally repair cracked and lifted paving stones.
- 52% of respondents were dissatisfied with local planning decisions
- 64% of respondents are unhappy with the lack of youth facilities
All was not gloom and doom with shops given a 97% approval rating – far enough from Westwood Cross not to be put out of business – and medical facilities were given 71% approval. An overwhelming 88% were happy to be living in the village.
I suspect that if the same survey was taken across the island, the negative view of policing would be broadly reflected elsewhere with too much emphasis being placed on Community Officers and too little emphasis on local knowledge and a visible presence of local “beat officers” outside of 9am to 5pm.