An email from the Clapton Pond Neighbourhood Action Group:
Please take a minute to read the following and see if you can help. The other day I had a meeting with one of the beat policemen from the Leabridge Ward, Jon Wood. We were talking about the old public toilets near the pond, between the entrances to Millfields and Mildenhall Road. For those of you who don't know, there have been a number of issues with the site which the owner has been requested to address, to no avail. These issues include:
- The breeze block wall around the site, and the large metal gates were put up without planning permission
- The site has been frequently used, by people with keys for the gates, as a site to dump rubbish from lorries
- The building has been broken into from behind and is being used by a number of drug addicts
All of this has amounted to an unsightly site being used for antisocial behaviour, which some local residents, understandably so, find intimidating. With the lack of action from the site's owners, Jon and his colleagues are aiming to get a closure order placed on the site which will enable action to be taken to secure and deal with the site without consultation with the owner. To this end, he is looking to speak with people who have been witness to any antisocial behaviour around the site. This could be people climbing over the wall, people using the alley behind the building as a toilet, or anything else that may be relevant. Jon wants to amass a number of statements to back up the case for a closure order.
So, if you have any information, please contact either Jon, his colleague, Simone Calcroft, or their sergeant, Joel Sadler. The mobile that they all share (depending on who is on shift) is 07884 117293. Alternatively, Jon's e-mail is email@example.com and Joel's is Joel.Sadler@met.police.uk
Funnily enough, I mentioned this "former toilet" in a recent piece for Comment Is Free. Seems it may have become a toilet once more.