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United to tackle the scourge of dogging
8:00am Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
AN MP has joined forces with local councillors to try to solve the problem of dogging in a quiet country road.
Stephen Metcalfe, MP for East Thurrock, held a meeting with PCC Nick Alston and councillors Sue Little and Simon Wootton to discuss local issues.
At the top of the agenda was the issue of dogging in the A128 loop, near to Pear Tree Lane, Bulphan – a problem that has caused great upset to residents.
Mr Metcalfe labelled the goings-on a “scourge on the community”.
He said: “I have had a number of constituents contacting me about the inappropriate and illegal practice of dogging in the redundant A128 loop near to Pear Tree Lane.
“I can entirely understand why it has caused such great upset and would like to congratulate my colleague Sue Little for all she has done to tackle these problems.
"It has been going on for too long and something must be done to stop it.
“We are determined to tackle this problem and I will work closely with PCC Nick Alston, councillors and the police to ensure residents are free from this scourge.”
Cllr Little added: “There was a real commitment from Nick in helping the police to become more effective in dealing with residents’ issues in our rural community.
“It was really refreshing to know our voices are being heard and action being taken.”