In January local Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton hosted a second public meeting at East Craigs Church Centre to address the issue of antisocial behaviour in Bughtlin Market and East Craigs.
The area had seen a dramatic increase in the summer in groups of upwards of 50 young people congregating in the area and causing a disturbance.
The previous meeting drew a crowd of some 200 residents such was the level of concern. Councillor Robert Aldridge and Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine also attended.
The meeting heard a presentation from the local police who reported that calls around juvenile antisocial behaviour had dropped from over 70 in August, to just 2 in November. Whilst the change in weather will have helped, rates started to drop off significantly following heightened police patrols in September. The meeting discussed how best to be ready for this activity should it resume when the weather gets warmer.
Alex said: “It was great to see so many people at the meeting. Whilst the drop off in antisocial behaviour is welcome, we need to be sure that it doesn’t return with the spring. I’ll be working with other elected members for an investment in diversionary youth work activities, CCTV and pre-emptive policing as we get into the warmer months.
"Resident’s in East Craigs pay Edinburgh Council Tax rates, but there is precious little provision from the council in terms of activities for young people. We also want to help people understand what they are allowed to do in terms of disrupting antisocial behaviour and gathering evidence to help the police, whilst remaining safe at all times.”