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From Neighbourhood to Cyberhood: Over a third of Neighbourhood Watch members now more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime.

Cybercrime now feels like more of a threat than physical crime for a rising number of households across England and Wales, with more people either falling victim personally, or knowing someone who has been a victim of online theft, according to research from over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members. The research, carried out in conjunction with Avast, a cybersecurity leader in the UK, found that those who believe cybercrime is less of a threat than physical crime are firmly in the minority (15%).

A few years ago there was a fatal accident in Florence Road which raised calls for a pedestrian crossing. Once the 2 crossings were built, i noticed a very odd arrangement of barriers installed to on a shared (pedestrian/cycle) path that leads up to one of those crossings. Now, my original story was going to be about desire lines and how people just go around these barriers. About how the barriers didn't make sense, and a great chance to show off a desire line demonstration video. BUT since then it has turned into an example of planning "desire" over access desire and "if no one complains it cant be wrong".
The pictures show that the views around the crossing with the barriers installed. According to the documentation these are to prevent cyclists on the shared path from colliding with people coming from behind the bush and fence.
However as the photo shows the desire line would be to the side of the barriers across the un obstructed path. If you do not want to read the FOI request documents then the emails of note:

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 11:14

maybe we care a little bit, but not much

For those following my mini drama series on Network Rail may like to know the latest follow up.
After their last email i responded:


Response By CSS Web  (02/11/2019 12.19 AM)
QuestionReference # xxxxxxx your answer is pure drivel and irrelevant to the question.

Just about summed it up. At this weekends closure I took a picture of the station crossing, nearest the care homes etc to demonstrate what people were faced with. 

Friday, 01 November 2019 23:55

Still couldnt care less!

Recently you may have read my article on how Network Rail couldnt care less.

After nearly a week with the "ticket" reopened i have had a response

 

   
 

Subject

How is Network Rail maintaining Access For All during the closure of both level crossing in Chichester?
Response By E-mail (John Eccles) (01/11/2019 02.36 PM)

 
I am writing in response to your question about Access for All, and the closure of both level crossings in Chichester. During the essential maintenance works whilst the crossings are closed we apologise for the disruption caused by lack of access.
 
Access for All is a government-funded initiative to make more stations in the network accessible to all, as at present too many stations have stairs and no lifts which mean that those stations are inaccessible for wheelchair users. Every few years the department for transport specifies a number of stations
for funding to make them fully accessible.
 
More information about the current Access for All schemes in Kent and Sussex in shown here:
 
 
I hope this information is helpful and if you have further queries please call our 24 hour helpline on 03457 114141.
 
Kind Regards
 
John Eccles
Community Relations Executive
 
  

 
 
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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 17:59

Couldn't Care less?

Network Rail  is undergoing major refreshing of track and signals in the Barnham to Havant area https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/sussex/upgrading-the-brighton-main-line/barnham-to-havant-improvement-works/ . Part of this work involves the closure of 2 major level crossing (Stockbridge Road and Basin Road) at the same time to both traffic and pedestrians. The only way to cross the line is to use the footbridge.
So therefore I realised that any Motability scooter, wheelchair or any other person unable to cross the footbridge would need an alternative route.
So i asked Network Rail

"
@networkrailwith the closure of both level crossings at #chichesterthis and next weekends to both vehicles and pedestrians, and with only the footbridge open,  how are you maintaining #accessforall#,#Disability  #wheelchairs"

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 09:19

Tick or treat posters and advice

Follow these tips to help keep everyone happy and safe this Halloween

If you have teenagers:

•Make sure they don’t have access to fireworks, alcohol, eggs or flour

.• Explain why they must not play tricks on strangers

.• Tell them that if nobody answers the door, or a ‘No trick or treat’ sign is on display, they must leave immediately

.• Remind them to stay with their friends and make sure they know that they should never enter the home of a stranger.

Following a recent FOI request it was discovered that West Sussex have not undertaken risk asessments for bus stops in years!
We asked some really simple questions and the results were shocking. Apparently they also work from a DRAFT copy of a manual instead of a final copy. So i suggest you all go and request a full risk asessment of your local bus stop now!

1.  A list of any safety audits relating to bus stops and their locations
within the Chichester, Bognor, Tangmere, Pagham areas. This should include
the dates and result.

Sunday, 06 October 2019 13:19

West Sussex Concessionary cards

There are currently 164,747 live English National Concessionary
Travel Scheme bus pass concessions on issue (of which 154,514 are older
person and 10,233 are disabled person)
The number of passes reported as lost/stolen in the year April 2018 - April
2019 is 2458

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