SPEEDING motorists, dog mess and car parking are the three main issues of concern for people in Ryedale, according to the results of a new poll.
But it can be revealed that 95 per cent of residents interviewed believe that crime levels in Ryedale are low or fairly low compared to the rest of the country, with 98 per cent saying that they consider it a safe place to live.
More than 600 people were quizzed about their concerns in the annual poll from The Safer Ryedale Partnership
The results revealed that speeding motorists and dog mess were the two main issues at 55.7 per cent and 42 per cent respectively, while 33.57 per cent were concerned about traffic parking.
Littering was also mentioned.
Figures state that 87.5 per cent of residents quizzed think they are well informed by police and the district council about what is being done to tackle issues.
Inspector Andy Everitt, commander of Ryedale police force, said: “I am delighted that such a high number of people in this survey felt safe in Ryedale as this is the number one priority for us.
“That said, we are determined to maintain Ryedale as one of the lowest crime areas in the country and will continue to rigorously pursue those persons who seek to commit crime and ant-social behaviour in our communities.
“Keeping our communities informed of what we are doing is very important and I am pleased that a high number of people in this survey felt well informed.
“In partnership with other agencies such as the fire service, we will continue to monitor our speeding hot spots and run surveys on emerging locations before undertaking targeted enforcement work through local and road policing officers.
“In Ryedale all agencies work closely alongside each other to deliver the three main elements relating to speeding problems, those being engineering, education and enforcement.
“I know that parking is a problem in our towns and local officers and PCSOs will continue to enforce the law where necessary.
“Illegal parking and vehicles causing an obstruction in Pickering town centre are currently the subject of police enforcement activity following a local campaign to educate driver behaviour.
“I ask all drivers to act responsibly and consider other road users when parking their vehicles in our town centres.”
Now North Yorkshire Police, Ryedale District Council’s Street Scene department and Safer Ryedale intend to crack down on people who allow their dogs to foul on footpaths in Ryedale by issuing them with Fixed Penalty Notices.
Mr Everitt added: “Finally, being a responsible dog owner also entails cleaning up your dog’s mess when it has fouled on the pavement.
“Dog fouling and littering are extremely unpleasant and the law reflects this. Dog fouling and littering will always have a negative impact on the quality of our living and working environments so please act responsibly and dispose of all waste properly.”