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New council leader reveals action on anti-social behaviour

Cllr Drew Mellor is to sit down with Dorset's chief constable and police and crime commissioner
Cllr Drew Mellor is to sit down with Dorset's chief constable and police and crime commissioner

THE new leader of BCP Council was due to meet police leaders this week to discuss plans to tackle anti-social behaviour across Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole.

Cllr Drew Mellor said he had made the issue his main priority following his election last Thursday and wanted “to restore people’s pride in their towns”, writes Josh Wright of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

He was due to meet with Dorset Police chief constable James Vaughan and police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill to discuss ways of clamping down on anti-social behaviour.

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Cllr Mellor said he wanted the public to see a “noticeable difference in the safety and cleanliness” of the conurbation within the first 100 days of his leadership.

“More has to be done,” he said. “I’ve said it before but we want people to be able to be proud of where they live and unfortunately that was lost through a lack of action from the Unity Alliance.”

Although the council is still not in overall control, Cllr Mellor secured majority support at an extraordinary meeting of the council on 1st October to take over the leadership.

“I truly want this administration to be one which is completely open and willing to work with councillors of all parties and none and we will be working to that end,” he said.

“We will carry out a governance review to look at ways we can change current systems and practices to make that more effective.”

Addressing the issue of an unsatisfied county court judgment for almost £11,000 in his name, raised by Liberal Democrat Cllr Mike Cox at Thursday’s meeting, Cllr Mellor said he had “learned a lot of lessons from the issue” but that his engineering companies were now “making a large contribution to society”.

“I found it really disappointing that the Lib Dems decided to take politics to such a personal level,” he said.

“Entrepreneurial life is a journey and you learn lots of lessons on the way but I’m proud of where we are now, employing hundreds of people, paying tax and contributing to charity.”

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