January 2011

Newsletter 85

Dear Neighbour


May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.


Once again, the crime figures make exceptionally good reading with one incident reported between Brunton Park and Melton Park.


Brunton Park

September: Nothing reported

October: Nothing reported

November: Tuesday 9th Damage to front door in Polwarth Drive caused by unknown males who made off in a silver coloured car.


Melton Park

September: Nothing reported

October: Nothing reported

November: Nothing reported


Slightly further afield, a motor vehicle was damaged in Fencer Court and the person responsible was apprehended. There has been a burglary on the Great Park (non dwelling) as well as vehicle interference and theft of a mobile phone in the Three Mile Inn. It seems that the wider area has been blessed with a low crime rate as well which is good news for us all.


You may recall the information I provide about the Anchor ‘Staying Put’ trades register and small repairs service. Unfortunately, I transposed my digits and the telephone number should have been 4956177 so my apologies for that error.


I previously warned residents about Lee’s tree services and these men apparently overcharging for work. They have been spoken to by the police so hopefully that is the last we will see of them.


I am delighted to say that I have at last managed to get a website up and running courtesy of Voice.org who host websites for community organisations at no cost. The website address is



I have uploaded previous newsletters onto the website although please excuse some odd font changes over which I seem to have no control. In the coming months, I hope to add useful links which are relevant to the community. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for items which could be included, please give me a call or send me an e-mail.

I do not intend to go over exclusively to the website as a means of disseminating information, as that would be unfair to the many people who do not have access to the internet.

The newsletter will continue, in the present format, to be the primary means of communication.


It is very much a time of year for leaving lights on when you go out or setting a timer so that they come on as darkness descends in order to make it look as if someone is at home.

Please also check on elderly neighbours who may not be able to get out because of the weather conditions and perhaps assist them by getting some food shopping for them (with the following paragraph in mind).


During December, in another part of Newcastle, an offender was calling at houses, offering to get shopping for residents, taking the money and then not returning. Please don’t be duped into this and only deal with someone you know and trust. I suspect that the weather conditions will have ‘builders’, calling at some homes spinning tales about damage to roofs and gutters. Please turn them away and if you are concerned, call someone reputable to check things out.


Ian Peden