ELECTION 2014 - Gorsehill and Pinehurst: No easy answer to area’s social issues

This Is Wiltshire: Kerrie Payton and Kathy Holland, right, outside the Pinetrees Community Centre Kerrie Payton and Kathy Holland, right, outside the Pinetrees Community Centre

AT THE heart of all the work done by the winner of the Gorsehill and Pinehurst ward will be to address the social issues.

A lack of activities for both young and old has led to an increase in anti-social behaviour by some and isolation from others.

Those who live in the area say it is vital that whoever joins the council on Thursday speaks with the volunteers and community leaders to gain an understanding of the issues.

Only that way will many of the problems be solved.

Kathy Holland is the chairwoman of the Pinehurst Community Centre Association and says more needs to be done or problems will continue.

She said: “The main issue is that there is so little for young people to do. There is one youth club but that seems to lack the structure so it leads to kids hanging around the shops and in the Circle.

“My daughter is about to start secondary school and I am already worried about what she might fall into. I know this is a concern for so many parents in the area.

“There is also very little for older people to do. We run a lunch twice a week and for some this is the only time they leave the house to socialise. More really needs to be done to stop them becoming isolated.”

While Kathy understands that a single councillor is unlikely to be able to change much by themselves, they need to communicate on the ground.

“We want councillors who are able to understand the problems people face, especially the youths,” said Kathy.

“People like myself, the group secretary Kerrie Payton and other volunteers know what the problems are. If they come to us we can explain what needs doing and how to help.

“The biggest problem is there is a lack of structure for many people. The authority of teachers and the police has been undermined so kids don’t know where the boundaries are.

“What we need is a councillor who can help us to offer regular activities at the Community Centre and around Pinehurst which can bring the structure to their lives.”

At the election in 2012 all three seats were won comfortably by Labour candidates. However, Coun Rochelle Russell left the Labour Party and has represented the area as an independent. However, she is standing down as a councillor so there will be a new person in the seat come Friday morning.

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8:30am Sat 17 May 14

beach1e says...

Lack of activities are blamed for anti social behaviour? what about lack of parental control? lack of respect?lack of deterrent.
Lets blame everything else except that ones that are to blame...parenting skills/schools and the people themselves....that is why there is so much anti social behaviour,
Lack of activities are blamed for anti social behaviour? what about lack of parental control? lack of respect?lack of deterrent. Lets blame everything else except that ones that are to blame...parenting skills/schools and the people themselves....that is why there is so much anti social behaviour, beach1e
  • Score: 16

12:22pm Sat 17 May 14

faatmaan says...

how come most people from gorse hill ( I was brought up in gorse hill), grew up well, no special facilities were needed then, its just another abdication of responsibility by feckless parents. If they want facilities , pay for them like the rest of us, this is not a nanny state.
how come most people from gorse hill ( I was brought up in gorse hill), grew up well, no special facilities were needed then, its just another abdication of responsibility by feckless parents. If they want facilities , pay for them like the rest of us, this is not a nanny state. faatmaan
  • Score: 9

8:14am Sun 18 May 14

house on the hill says...

beach1e wrote:
Lack of activities are blamed for anti social behaviour? what about lack of parental control? lack of respect?lack of deterrent.
Lets blame everything else except that ones that are to blame...parenting skills/schools and the people themselves....that is why there is so much anti social behaviour,
couldnt agree more, endless blame and excuses and never accept the reality that it is down to them alone to behave and control their kids who are their responsibility
[quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: Lack of activities are blamed for anti social behaviour? what about lack of parental control? lack of respect?lack of deterrent. Lets blame everything else except that ones that are to blame...parenting skills/schools and the people themselves....that is why there is so much anti social behaviour,[/p][/quote]couldnt agree more, endless blame and excuses and never accept the reality that it is down to them alone to behave and control their kids who are their responsibility house on the hill
  • Score: 5

9:25am Sun 18 May 14

Tofol44 says...

May I respectfully point out that Gorse Hill is correct,but Gorsehill NOT!
May I respectfully point out that Gorse Hill is correct,but Gorsehill NOT! Tofol44
  • Score: 3

11:30am Sun 18 May 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

lack of parking control, lack of cleaning control lack of anything that need the council to do,
You get what who vote for and the people of Gorse hill would vote for a dead parrott if it was wearing a red rosette, think on Thursday...
lack of parking control, lack of cleaning control lack of anything that need the council to do, You get what who vote for and the people of Gorse hill would vote for a dead parrott if it was wearing a red rosette, think on Thursday... FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: -5

12:04pm Sun 18 May 14

house on the hill says...

FLOGGITLAD wrote:
lack of parking control, lack of cleaning control lack of anything that need the council to do,
You get what who vote for and the people of Gorse hill would vote for a dead parrott if it was wearing a red rosette, think on Thursday...
Sadly that is true of many that they vote for a party regardless and most couldn't tell you what the manifesto actually said if their lives depended on it!
[quote][p][bold]FLOGGITLAD[/bold] wrote: lack of parking control, lack of cleaning control lack of anything that need the council to do, You get what who vote for and the people of Gorse hill would vote for a dead parrott if it was wearing a red rosette, think on Thursday...[/p][/quote]Sadly that is true of many that they vote for a party regardless and most couldn't tell you what the manifesto actually said if their lives depended on it! house on the hill
  • Score: 2

8:03pm Sun 18 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

FLOGGITLAD wrote:
lack of parking control, lack of cleaning control lack of anything that need the council to do,
You get what who vote for and the people of Gorse hill would vote for a dead parrott if it was wearing a red rosette, think on Thursday...
We currently have a Tory led council .
This has been the case for a decade.

Your rant is therefore pointless
[quote][p][bold]FLOGGITLAD[/bold] wrote: lack of parking control, lack of cleaning control lack of anything that need the council to do, You get what who vote for and the people of Gorse hill would vote for a dead parrott if it was wearing a red rosette, think on Thursday...[/p][/quote]We currently have a Tory led council . This has been the case for a decade. Your rant is therefore pointless Blackwell 2
  • Score: 1

9:07pm Sun 18 May 14

melnursesear. says...

Whoever you vote for the Government gets in..the only Politician you can trust is a dead one..!
Whoever you vote for the Government gets in..the only Politician you can trust is a dead one..! melnursesear.
  • Score: 1

10:19am Mon 19 May 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

melnursesear. wrote:
Whoever you vote for the Government gets in..the only Politician you can trust is a dead one..!
Are you sure about that?

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/John_Stoneh
ouse#Faking_his_own_
death
[quote][p][bold]melnursesear.[/bold] wrote: Whoever you vote for the Government gets in..the only Politician you can trust is a dead one..![/p][/quote]Are you sure about that? http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/John_Stoneh ouse#Faking_his_own_ death The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 2

11:43am Mon 19 May 14

ChannelX says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
FLOGGITLAD wrote:
lack of parking control, lack of cleaning control lack of anything that need the council to do,
You get what who vote for and the people of Gorse hill would vote for a dead parrott if it was wearing a red rosette, think on Thursday...
We currently have a Tory led council .
This has been the case for a decade.

Your rant is therefore pointless
It's a 'rant' because you don't like the anti-Labour tone?

True, the council has been Tory led for many years... but the considered comments above highlight how the Gorse Hill area has been failed by their LABOUR councillors.

We know you want a Labour controlled council, but do try not to be quite so fascist and oppressive in your hateful campaign to get your chums elected.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FLOGGITLAD[/bold] wrote: lack of parking control, lack of cleaning control lack of anything that need the council to do, You get what who vote for and the people of Gorse hill would vote for a dead parrott if it was wearing a red rosette, think on Thursday...[/p][/quote]We currently have a Tory led council . This has been the case for a decade. Your rant is therefore pointless[/p][/quote]It's a 'rant' because you don't like the anti-Labour tone? True, the council has been Tory led for many years... but the considered comments above highlight how the Gorse Hill area has been failed by their LABOUR councillors. We know you want a Labour controlled council, but do try not to be quite so fascist and oppressive in your hateful campaign to get your chums elected. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

2:44pm Mon 19 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

I don't want a Labour controlled council.
A less corrupt one would be nice, but as there are councillors like you, that may never happen.

Thanks for demonstrating what a sad, obsessed freak you are
I don't want a Labour controlled council. A less corrupt one would be nice, but as there are councillors like you, that may never happen. Thanks for demonstrating what a sad, obsessed freak you are Blackwell 2
  • Score: -1

5:50pm Mon 19 May 14

ChannelX says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
I don't want a Labour controlled council.
A less corrupt one would be nice, but as there are councillors like you, that may never happen.

Thanks for demonstrating what a sad, obsessed freak you are
Is that so.

Tell us, who would you like to control the council then?

It will never be 'Independents', so don't bother with that same platitude that you and all of your Labour types trot out.

You're the stalking here, as you well know. You also know full well that I'm not a councillor, yet you persist with that lie as well.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: I don't want a Labour controlled council. A less corrupt one would be nice, but as there are councillors like you, that may never happen. Thanks for demonstrating what a sad, obsessed freak you are[/p][/quote]Is that so. Tell us, who would you like to control the council then? It will never be 'Independents', so don't bother with that same platitude that you and all of your Labour types trot out. You're the stalking here, as you well know. You also know full well that I'm not a councillor, yet you persist with that lie as well. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Mon 19 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

Yep. Obsessed politically motivated freak.
Already answered your dig.
3 out of 10 for your grammar
Yep. Obsessed politically motivated freak. Already answered your dig. 3 out of 10 for your grammar Blackwell 2
  • Score: -1

10:35am Tue 20 May 14

ChannelX says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
Yep. Obsessed politically motivated freak.
Already answered your dig.
3 out of 10 for your grammar
As usual, you didn't actually answer anything - you just resorted to the same tedious insults you always trot out when anyone does toe your pro-Labour line.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: Yep. Obsessed politically motivated freak. Already answered your dig. 3 out of 10 for your grammar[/p][/quote]As usual, you didn't actually answer anything - you just resorted to the same tedious insults you always trot out when anyone does toe your pro-Labour line. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

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