Thursday, 8 October 2009

Rumpus Over Campus Patrols

Swiftly following the start of the new academic year Reading University has announced further spending cuts and will withdraw funding for campus patrols.

Anna Roberts reports that the news comes only days after a female student became a target for sexual assault on Shinfield Road, highlighting the need for visible signs of protection.

BBC Berkshire advertises for witnesses here.

But now economic concerns have overridden the safety and orderly conduct of students.

Cllr Benson, who has campaigned for a more effective Police presence in the University area since she was elected in 2006, is dismayed and angry at the news.

She notes how less dramatic issues such as burglary and fly-tipping have been positively impacted by the presence of a pro-active Police presence. The communication links which have provided vital infomation to this vulnerable group could be lost, and she says the timing could not be worse.

Meanwhile the issue has taken on a political complexion as Reading East PPCs for both LibDems and Labour are taking action to raise awareness of the issue.

LibDem candidate Cllr Gareth Epps has set up a Facebook group to share information about how to put pressure on the University authorities, while Labour candidate Anneliese Dodds has visited Eastern Avenue and Granby Gardens to collect signatures on a petition.


Oranjepan asks:
Conservatives have been making lots of headlines during their party conference this week about honestly admitting the scale and size of cuts in spending they'd make, so will Reading East's Conservative MP risk his re-election chances by supporting this cut?

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