Yesterday I went to Luton for a Conservative Action day. We were helping Jeremy Brier, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate by delivering an introductory leaflet.
My delivery area included the "Icknield Way". This is England's oldest road and also passes through my rural ward 42 miles away! In Luton it is an urban thoroughfare, built up, traffic lights, roundabouts, schools, congestion etc etc. In Cambridgeshire the Icknield Way is an ancient green lane through open countryside. But even here there is antisocial driving. Just the day before I had been with our local MP Jim Paice and council officers looking at the devastation caused by off-roaders and other vehicles. Pointless damage and a lane now impassible to others.
A small number of people have trashed the environment for everyone else, they've moved on before anyone could catch them, they can be intimidating so local people don't want to confront them, residents are asked to keep records but little action seems to come of it, people tell me where drugs are being taken.... Its so frustrating because this is really a great part of the country. Does this all sound familiar? Antisocial behaviour, bureaucracy and lack of police etc
Sometimes the problems of town and country seem a million miles apart. Sometimes it seems like the same old story.