Local youth leaders and the Sports Association are now looking at ways to engage with local youths by running a youth caf√© from the clubhouse to give them a sense of ownership. Other groups in the village are also in talks to use the clubhouse for their meetings so that the clubhouse will be used more often.
Mole Valley Sergeant John Pearson said: “The measures we now have in place will make a big difference to all those who use the pavilion and I’d like to thank the PCC for providing the funds to enable us to carry out the work.
“We’re committed to improving the lives of residents in Great Bookham and I’m confident that our action will reduce the incidents of anti-social behaviour around the pavilion.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said: “This project is a brilliant example of how agencies can work together as a Joint Action Group to tackle and solve an issue that was clearly blighting the local community in Great Bookham.
“I am delighted that my office was able to help through our Community Safety Fund to put measures in place to halt the criminality taking place and restore this location to being somewhere local residents and youngsters can enjoy.”
*The JAG was made up of representatives from Surrey Police, Bookham Sports Association (Cricket Club, Bookham Seniors FC and Bookham Colts FC), Mole Valley District Council, local councillors, Bookham Residents Association, Leatherhead Youth Project and local residents.
Pictured is PCC David Munro (centre), Sergeant John Pearson and other members of the JAG.
A one stop-shop for information on anti-social behaviour is available at www.surreycommunitysafety.org.uk.