Mediation service to help warring neighbours in Rochford and Castle Point

Mediator Charlotte Gallagher

Mediator Charlotte Gallagher

First published in Echo News by

WARRING neighbours will be offered a free mediation service to help resolve their differences.

The scheme is being launched in Rochford and Castle Point to ease pressure off the police and councils.

The initiative will see mediators help tackle squabbles over low-level issues such as noisy neighbours, messy front gardens and irresponsible parking.

The move comes after the Safer Essex Antisocial Behaviour Group agreed to plough £6,000 into the scheme.

Councillor Jo Macpherson, chairman of the Rocford and Castle Point Community Safety Partnership, said: “Neighbour disputes over things like parking, noise nuisance and boundary issues easily get out of hand and can escalate into more serious antisocial, or even criminal behaviour, possibly leading to the involvement of police or other statutory agencies.

“Early intervention through mediation can prevent this but has not always been available to people in the past.

“That’s why we felt it important it should be a free service and easily accessible.”

A pilot scheme tried by Castle Point Citizen’s Advice Bureau in November last year achieved a success rate of almost 90 per cent Of the 21 cases dealt with in four months, 19 were classed as resolved.

The service will now be taking self-referrals as well as those from the police, council, and other services.

The Mediation and Advice Project, a social enterprise company, has been engaged to provide the service. It will provide sessions of up to two hours.

Charlotte Gallagher, one of the mediators, said: “What we are doing is helping people to communicate, to feel safer, to improve relations in the communicate, really to educate people that there’s another way of dealing with things.

“It doesn’t have to get to the point where you go to a solicitor, it’s an expensive option and there’s another way.”

Details can be found on the Rochford District Council website at www.rochford.gov.uk or the Castle Point Borough Council website at www.castlepoint.gov.uk

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7:54pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Test Tickle says...

A pair of dueling pistols would be a quicker and cheaper option.
A pair of dueling pistols would be a quicker and cheaper option. Test Tickle
  • Score: 2

8:44pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Oh come on is this the silly season again.....
Oh come on is this the silly season again..... Olivia2847
  • Score: 3

9:51pm Thu 22 Nov 12

AnotherSister says...

People who are arrogant and aggressive by nature rarely respond to mediation.
People who are arrogant and aggressive by nature rarely respond to mediation. AnotherSister
  • Score: 4

7:13am Fri 23 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

A total waste of money the type of anti social neighbours that cause these types of problems do not listen to anyone, do not have respect or consideration for anyone and do not care.

The only possibility of result is to nick the offenders and fine them substantially with an on going threat should they continue with their anti social behaviour.

This is a dream of some academic nerd who has never really had to deal with violent loud mouthed antisocial ow life scumbag family.
A total waste of money the type of anti social neighbours that cause these types of problems do not listen to anyone, do not have respect or consideration for anyone and do not care. The only possibility of result is to nick the offenders and fine them substantially with an on going threat should they continue with their anti social behaviour. This is a dream of some academic nerd who has never really had to deal with violent loud mouthed antisocial ow life scumbag family. Brunning999
  • Score: 5

11:08am Fri 23 Nov 12

AnotherSister says...

Brunning999 wrote:
A total waste of money the type of anti social neighbours that cause these types of problems do not listen to anyone, do not have respect or consideration for anyone and do not care.

The only possibility of result is to nick the offenders and fine them substantially with an on going threat should they continue with their anti social behaviour.

This is a dream of some academic nerd who has never really had to deal with violent loud mouthed antisocial ow life scumbag family.
I rarely agree with much of what you say, but we are in true harmony on this particular issue.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: A total waste of money the type of anti social neighbours that cause these types of problems do not listen to anyone, do not have respect or consideration for anyone and do not care. The only possibility of result is to nick the offenders and fine them substantially with an on going threat should they continue with their anti social behaviour. This is a dream of some academic nerd who has never really had to deal with violent loud mouthed antisocial ow life scumbag family.[/p][/quote]I rarely agree with much of what you say, but we are in true harmony on this particular issue. AnotherSister
  • Score: 4

4:21pm Fri 23 Nov 12

firedog says...

I too will agree with that.
I too will agree with that. firedog
  • Score: 4

4:49pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Anything to wipe that smug and supercilious email off her face .....
Anything to wipe that smug and supercilious email off her face ..... Olivia2847
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Olivia2847 wrote:
Anything to wipe that smug and supercilious email off her face .....
For e-mail read smile!
[quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: Anything to wipe that smug and supercilious email off her face .....[/p][/quote]For e-mail read smile! Olivia2847
  • Score: 2

2:05pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

AnotherSister wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
A total waste of money the type of anti social neighbours that cause these types of problems do not listen to anyone, do not have respect or consideration for anyone and do not care.

The only possibility of result is to nick the offenders and fine them substantially with an on going threat should they continue with their anti social behaviour.

This is a dream of some academic nerd who has never really had to deal with violent loud mouthed antisocial ow life scumbag family.
I rarely agree with much of what you say, but we are in true harmony on this particular issue.
Do I really care !
[quote][p][bold]AnotherSister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: A total waste of money the type of anti social neighbours that cause these types of problems do not listen to anyone, do not have respect or consideration for anyone and do not care. The only possibility of result is to nick the offenders and fine them substantially with an on going threat should they continue with their anti social behaviour. This is a dream of some academic nerd who has never really had to deal with violent loud mouthed antisocial ow life scumbag family.[/p][/quote]I rarely agree with much of what you say, but we are in true harmony on this particular issue.[/p][/quote]Do I really care ! Brunning999
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Sun 25 Nov 12

AnotherSister says...

Brunning999 wrote:
AnotherSister wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
A total waste of money the type of anti social neighbours that cause these types of problems do not listen to anyone, do not have respect or consideration for anyone and do not care.

The only possibility of result is to nick the offenders and fine them substantially with an on going threat should they continue with their anti social behaviour.

This is a dream of some academic nerd who has never really had to deal with violent loud mouthed antisocial ow life scumbag family.
I rarely agree with much of what you say, but we are in true harmony on this particular issue.
Do I really care !
I certainly don't expect you to, nor do I particularly want or need you to.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherSister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: A total waste of money the type of anti social neighbours that cause these types of problems do not listen to anyone, do not have respect or consideration for anyone and do not care. The only possibility of result is to nick the offenders and fine them substantially with an on going threat should they continue with their anti social behaviour. This is a dream of some academic nerd who has never really had to deal with violent loud mouthed antisocial ow life scumbag family.[/p][/quote]I rarely agree with much of what you say, but we are in true harmony on this particular issue.[/p][/quote]Do I really care ![/p][/quote]I certainly don't expect you to, nor do I particularly want or need you to. AnotherSister
  • Score: 0

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