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Welcome to Woodford

Your Beat Manager

I am PC Andy Hocking.

I have been a Police Officer with the Devon and Cornwall Police since 1991, working solely within the Plymouth area. This has covered different roles, from policing the whole city in a response capacity to working on the Area Interview Team. 

In November 2004, I joined the Plympton Neighbourhood Team as a Neighbourhood Beat Manager. After a brief stint at Crownhill Police Station in 2013, I returned to Plympton in January 2014 and I will be working hard to find out what the community would like the police to focus on, in order to build a safer community together. 

To let us know your view why not visit one of our Mobile Police Surgeries,  dates are listed on page 4 of our latest newsletter which can be found linked within the right-hand-column. Look forward to meeting you.

If you would like to help us prioritise work in your neighbourhood, tell us your priorities online or come and join us at one of our regular events or meetings.

Active Priorities

Our top priorities for your neighbourhood are as follows:

Improved Road Signage Around Woodford Primary School

You Said: 18 Jun 2014

Residents requested an improvement to the existing signs as old ones were faded and difficult to read.

So far we have:

Council are looking into this matter

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Road Markings To Be Refreshed

You Said: 18 Jun 2014

Residents advised that the markings around woodford were poor and needing refreshing.

 

So far we have:

Council to look into this.

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Vehicles Going The Wrong Way On Greenway Avenue

You Said: 18 Jun 2014

Residents highlighted the faact that vehicles are going the wrong way down the one way system.

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Have your say at the next HAVE YOUR SAY meeting.

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If you would like to help us prioritise work in your neighbourhood, tell us your priorities online or come and join us at one of our regular events or meetings.

Resolved Priorities

Recently resolved priorities for your neighbourhood are as follows:

Traffic Light Sequence on Plymouth Road

You Said: 4 Dec 2013

This issue was again raised as there still seems to be a problem with the length ot time that they allow traffic through.

 

It appears that recently the Plymouth Road traffic light sequences have been adjusted which is causing traffic to back up from all access points coming out of Woodford. Peak times especially are a problem for Woodford residents wishing to join Plymouth Road. The new sequencing is only allowing a maximum of 4 cars at a time to make it across the junction, residents are concerned that this may cause driver to jump the amber lights to get out.

We Did: 18 Sep 2013

04/12/13

 

NLO to report to Amey to revaluate item also kept as a Priority for  update at next meeting.

 

18/09/13

 

After contacting one of the Urban Traffic Control Officers we were informed that there was a detector default on the approach to the junction. An engineer has visited the site and fixed the connection; it now appears to be running normally.

 

 

19/06/13

 

 

Peak times especially are a problem for Woodford residents wishing to turn right and join Plymouth Road. Neighbourhood Liaison Officer will follow up with Amey

E-mail was sent on 15/07/13

 

NLO will follow up with Amey and Tom White (head of Network Management)

 

Response from Amey 28/03/13

 

Plymouth Road Traffic Light Sequence -

The timings have not been altered on Plymouth Road, as the signals run an adaptive system that varies the timings according to queue length.  One of our Traffic Control Officers visited the site last week and spoke to residents on Woodford Avenue.  At no time between 08:00 and 09:00 did we see the queue fail to clear at neither Woodford Avenue nor Larkham Lane, and the residents we spoke to said it was usually like this. We did have a faulty detector on Plymouth Rd that may have contributed to a problem at Larkham Lane. This was fixed at 15:00 on Weds 20th.  Additionally data from our loops does not show any extra queuing on these approaches compared to last year, and looking at green times we logged this week they are 20 – 40 seconds to Woodford Avenue, enough for 10-20 vehicles.  On the morning of the 19th there was a broken down lorry on Plymouth Rd on the approach to Marsh Mills roundabout which caused long delays on the route. It is possible this prompted the complaints at the area meeting the following day. We will continue to monitor the timings every few days, but without specific dates or times of day it is impossible to identify any of the reported problems.

 

This was deemed no longer a priority but it will be looked into and monitored as there still is an issue.

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Woodford Ave/Plymouth Rd Roadworks - Better Consultation

You Said: 4 Dec 2013

Residents expressed their concerns over the junction road closure caused by the recent road works. A number of concerns were raised which included:


1. Lack of information or notice to residents across the Woodford estate, this is a key link road and caused many problems to residents.


2. Bus stop was taken out of action and therefore this caused much confusion, especially to school children travelling.

3. Health and safety of pedestrians.


4. Residents complained that due to delays caused their children had occurred late attendance marks at school.


 

We Did:

Neighbourhood Liaison Officer to report concerns to Amey and request feedback.

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Inconsiderate Parking at Woodford School

You Said: 19 Jun 2013

Have Your Say Meeting Wednesday 4th December 2013

 

As this is an onging problem and in light of any other issues it was decided to continue this as a priority.

 

 

19th June 2013

 

This issue was raised as a ongoing concern and it has been agreed that this priority will be raised again for ongoing partnership with Woodford Primary and Police.

It was decided that this should remain a priority.

This priority has been raised again. Residents that attended the Neighbourhood Meeting at Woodford School, have often had concerns about the amount of traffic that uses Greenway Avenue and Litchaton Crescent especially at school time.
The traffic causes parking issues for both road users and residents in the street.

We Did:

04/12/13

 

Neighbourhood Team to attend when able to monitor situation and deal with any offences that occur.

 

18/09/13

 

This will be an ongoing priority PCSO's will attend when able to educate offending drivers and laminated posters to be made and positioned around the school for the parents to see. 

 

 

19/06/13

 

Parking issues: On-going, Newsletter to be sent to parents, Police to monitor, Children will continue to provide visual awareness. Request has been made for a more visual approach by having a Camera Car attend on a regular basis.

 

 

20/03/13

 

It was decided to keep this as a priority and for it to be monitored by the school and police.

 

Consideration is being given to conducting an operation similar to school speedwatch where children from the local primary school speak with parents who park inconsiderately about how difficult it is to get past or cross over when cars are parked on the path or bends.

 

08/02/13 FPN issued

 

A Fixed Penalty Notice was issued to a vehicle for obstriction as it was parked on a bend and blocking most of the pavement.

 

Carole Woodward has agreed to speak with Hannah Holegate who runs Plumtree with regards getting a message out to parents.

 

PCSO/School to monitor & PCC School Transport Officer to consider School Travel Plan

 

24th & 25th May

Woodford Primary School children in company with PCSO's conducted a Parking Watch around the school where offending vehicles were issued warning notices and drivers spoken to by the pupils about the safety issues caused by there inconsiderate parking.

 

This was quite successful and the children enjoyed it though the same cannot be said for some of the drivers! Our intention is that School Parking Watch will be caried out on a regular basis.

 

Parking Watch will be carried out on a regular basis.

We will coninue to monitor parking but this will be a long, ongoing problem as long as the children are being driven to school, so it was felt that this should no longer be a priority.

 

Many vehicles have been moved on during the school patrols with warning notices issued.

 

 

There may be funding available in the near future which could be earmarked for a change to the entrance of the school with a possibility of a drop off bay.

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Parking and Obstructions to pathways

You Said: 19 Jun 2013

Parking inconsiderately and on pathways has been raised as a problem across Woodford.

 

Due to the lack of attendance it was decided ti keep this as a priority

We Did:

NLO To liaise with Parking Enforcement and police to deal with the obstructions.

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State of Roads Around Woodford - POTHOLES

You Said: 19 Jun 2013

It was discussed that the roads in and around Woodford were desperately in need of repair.

We Did: 18 Sep 2013

18/09/13

 

Our resurfacing program which started on 15th July 2013 covered four roads within the Woodford area. Plymouth Road was resurfaced on 18th August, Market Road will be resurfaced between 25th and 26th September, Litchaton Crescent was resurfaced on 15th August and Borringdon Hill was resurfaced on 16th August.

Resident asked why potholes are just filled in and full repairs are not carried out, Cllr explained it’s a cost issue.

 

Any future potholes can be reported by calling Plymouth City Council on 01752 668000 or by pinpointing on the map using the Plymouth on a map website at www.plymouthonamap.com

 

Residents expressed their concerns with the pot holes and general road surface around the Woodford area requesting an update on works to be carried out.

 

Crossway has seen extensive repairs and is a massive improvement.

Council stated that repairs were iminent.

 

 

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Grass Area next to Persimmons Site, Cundy Close

You Said: 12 Dec 2012

Site used for Dog Walking, due to long grass dog owners are failing to pick up dog mess, therefore the area is becoming unusable as a green space for others to enjoy. Solution would be to arrange for area to be correctly managed. Patrick Nicolson to action

We Did: 16 Jan 2013

20/03/13

 

Although this has still to be resolved it will no longer be a priority.

Cllr Nicholson will carry this forward. Outstanding issues are to be raised in discussions between Plymouth City Council and Persimmons.

 

The area is becoming unusable as a green space for others to enjoy due to the amount of dog mess. One solution would be to arrange for area to be correctly managed.

Patrick Nicolson has agreed to look into this.

 

Item was discussed at the Have Your Say Meeting on the 19th September and was agreed that this item has now been resolved.  Any individual incidents are now to be reported directly to PCC.

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Woodford Primary School - Parking Issues

You Said: 12 Dec 2012

This priority has been raised again. Residents that attended the Neighbourhood Meeting at Woodford School, have often had concerns about the amount of traffic that uses Greenway Avenue and Litchaton Crescent especially at school time.
The traffic causes parking issues for both road users and residents in the street.

Newsletter to be sent to parents, Police to monitor, Children will continue to provide visual awareness.

We Did: 7 Sep 2011

Proposed Action: Cllr Leaves to investigate the possibility of getting the new PCC Highways Dept camera car to visit the roads surrounding the school at pick up and drop off times.
PCSO to patrol at start and end of school when possible to monitor and advise inconsiderate drivers.

 

Residents advised that the problem and hazards of inconsiderate parking continue. 

Police had left advice notices on cars, School had written letters to parents and the children have conducted parkingwatch's.

Several vehicles have been given advice notices stating that the next time they were found to be parking inconsiderately they could be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

 


 

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Cundy Close - Construction Traffic on New Housing Estate.

You Said: 19 Sep 2012

Have Your Say Meeting Wednesday12th December 2012

Residents requested that this remain as a priority as it is an ongoing issue

Construction traffic is still causing concerns with large vehicles still reversing up street without banks man.

Additional concerns with this happening when the clocks change back to winter time in early evening when kids are returning from school or out playing.

We Did: 20 Mar 2013

20/03/13

The construction is now complete and as there will no longer be heavy vehicles using this site this priority is deemed to be resolved.

 

There were additional concerns with this happening when the clocks change back to winter time in early evening when kids are returning from school or out playing.

Contact made with Chris Watson of PCC Planning to address issue with Persimmons Homes the building contractors.

 

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Hedges on Larkham Lane – Between St Marys Rd & Farm Close

You Said: 19 Sep 2012

Trees and bushes overgrowing from residential gardens causing obstruction to path, which is forcing residents to walk on the adjacent road. Potential to cause accident to pedestrian’s

We Did: 12 Dec 2012

Concerns have been reported to Amey & Plymouth Community Homes

 

Resident reported back at Have Your Say Meeting 12th December 2012 that this task has been completed.

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Larkham Lane Crossing

You Said: 20 Jun 2012

It has been decided that this should remain a priority.

Residents have raised concerns about the lack of a School Crossing Guard at the Larkham Lane entrance to Woodford Primary School in light of a recent accident.

 

We Did: 4 Sep 2012

Councillor Leaves agreed to write to the Transport Services to highlight this accident and the concern of local residents

School and Council to advise.

It is believed that a school crooosing guard will start in the next school term.

 

Crosssing guard started Sept 2012.

 

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Anti-Social Behaviour - St Marys Rd, Reynolds Rd and Wren Gdns

You Said: 7 Dec 2011

A number of residents present reported problems of damage to parked cars and property damage, in St Marys Rd, Reynolds Rd, Wren Gardens area.

We Did:

Regular patrols of the area both on foot and in marked and unmarked vehicles.

Incident on 28/09/11 resulted in one male being arrested for a section 5 public order offence.

Although it has gone quiet of late residents are fearful of recurring issues. Advice has been given re ABS diaries and PCSO will discuss situation with ASB unit and look at ways of dealing.

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Parking at rear entrance to Hele’s School

You Said: 7 Dec 2011

Residents have complained about the parking in the bay and around the rear entrance to Hele's School making it difficult for them to drive in or out of their driveways.

We Did: 14 Mar 2012

PCC Transport & Highways are to investigate optoins and consider signage. As there are no restrictions at this time the police will be conducting patrols and advising drivers who are parked inconsiderately.

 

Agreed that this should be followed up through the School Travel Plan approach as noted above and also by the resident who is at school governor.

 

The issue of people parking inconsiderately opposite the shops on Plymbridge Road was causing problems for a resident when exiting their driveway and turning the grass verge into a large muddy puddle.

 

The issue re the parking is resolved as Hele School have positioned a member of staff by the gate at the start and end of day to ensure there are no issues. We are still awaiting an update from Cllr Leaves to see if anything can be done.


 

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Plymbridge Road - boy racing

You Said: 7 Sep 2011

Residents identified this as an issue after several incidents of vehicles racing along Plymbridge Road form Colebrook to Woodford late at night.

We Did: 7 Dec 2011

A couple of night previous PC Preshous noticed the same and just a few nights later, at the weekend, PC Preshous stopped and spoke to the drivers and advised that if they continued this behaviour that their vehicles could be siezed.

Officers have not seen the offending vehicles since.  

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Cundy Close planning application update 11/00149

You Said: 18 May 2011

Residents voiced their concerns about the amouont of green space and access to green space that was disappearing through planning decisions. There is also concerns over the pressure the new housing will put on the local primary school.

We Did: 7 Sep 2011

Residents are to be updated.

 

The residents were advised the planning application for 12 'Executive' houses and public open space was approved by the Planning Committee on 25th Aug, subject to conditions and a legal agreement.

The development includes a pedestrian link to open space.

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Making Litchaton Crescent a One Way System

You Said: 18 May 2011

Residents that attended the Neighbourhood Meeting at Woodford School, have often had concerns about the amount of traffic that uses Litcaton Crescent, especially at school time.

The traffic causes parking issues for both road users and residents in the street.

It is felt that Litchaton Crescent would be better, if it was a one way system as many of the problems are caused by traffic travelling in opposite directions when cars are parked on either sid eof the road.

We Did: 7 Sep 2011

Enquiries are continuing with the local council. An update will added in the near future.

Residents have been asked to write petition to the council requesting the one way system

 

Residents advised that the problem and hazards of inconsiderate parking continue.  A resident reported her property on Litchaton Crescent is sometimes blocked. 
Police had left advice notices on cars, School had written letters to parents.
Cllr James proposed inviting an officer from Transport & Highways to do a parking review, involving residents in the study.

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Imreys and Cundys Land Dispute

You Said: 9 Feb 2011

This is to continue as a priority.

There has been fencing put up on the land adjacent to Cundy Close which is preventing access to the golf course via Woodford Avenue and dog walkers have been unable to access part of their regular walk. Fences are being cut very nearly everyday now and the fencing team are struggling to keep up with carrying out repairs and renewing stretches of fencing.

We Did: 18 May 2011

Proposed Action: Cllr Nicholson is to produce a leaflet to issue to residents living near or affected by, the erection of the fence about the forthcoming public consultation meeting where

Imreys have agreed to discuss the issues and look at ways of resolving them, with a thought of a padestrian gate.

Updates to follow

 

30.11.10 

Imerys were invited to attend a meeting with local residents / members of the public in Woodford Methodist Church Hall. Patrick Nicholson chaired the meeting, supported by councillor David James. A Plymouth City Council Planning Officer was also in attendance to answer questions on behalf of the council with regards to the plans for the area eg Gypsy settlement, Recycling Centre etc.

Imerys had four representatives there and the Adams family, who own the leased areas of the site were also represented and together we outlined our proposals / plans for the site. These were only proposals and not definitive plans.

 

Fencing had been put up on land adjacent Cundy Close preventing dog walkers getting access to their regular walk.  This is private land, owners have previously announced development proposals.  No further action proposed by the meeting.

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Parking Greenway Avenue

You Said: 18 Nov 2010

This priority has been raised again. Residents that attended the Neighbourhood Meeting at Woodford School, have often had concerns about the amount of traffic that uses Greenway Avenue, especially at school time.
The traffic causes parking issues for both road users and residents in the street.

We Did: 7 Sep 2011

Proposed Action: Cllr Leaves to investigate the possibility of getting the new PCC Highways Dept camera car to visit the roads surrounding the school at pick up and drop off times.

PCSO to patrol at start and end of school when possible to monitor and advise inconsiderate drivers.

 

06.01.11 PCSO patrol of schools checking on parking. 1 vehicle issued with warning notice and 2 drivers spoken to.

 

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Parking in Litchaton Crescent

You Said: 18 Nov 2010

The police have chosen this as their priority the Neighbourhood Meeting at Woodford School, have often had concerns about the amount of traffic that uses Litcaton Crescent, especially at school time.
The traffic causes parking issues for both road users and residents in the street.

We Did:

Proposed Action: Cllr Leaves to investigate the possibility of getting the new PCC Highways Dept camera car to visit the roads surrounding the school at pick up and drop off times.
PCSO to patrol at start and end of school when possible to monitor and advise inconsiderate drivers.

 

07.01.11 PCSO patrol of schools checking on parking. 1 driver spoken to.

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About Your Neighbourhood

Woodford has a relatively small number of residents but is one of the largest geographical areas of Plympton. Woodford is mainly a residential area with access to Plymbridge woods, which generates a lot of visitors to the area along with the neighbouring commercial area of Coypool.

The Woodford area has a dedicated Police Constable PC Andy Hocking and Police Community Support Officers Sid Lawrence and Di Kervin. 

The Neighbourhood Inspector is Sandra Oxton with the neighbourhood sergeant being David Gordon who takes responsibility for all of the neighbourhoods within Plympton.

The Neighbourhood Team is based at Plympton police station in Station Road.

Woodford is generally a safe place to live with the likelihood of being a victim of crime falling well below the national average.

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