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Long Sutton parish councillors look for uptake at Rollin’ Rock Cafe Bus and bemoan 'unbelievable' response to CCTV plans for parks and allotments

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Councillors have urged anyone struggling with their mental health to make use of a new facility.

The Rollin’ Rock Cafe Bus ran its first two sessions in Long Sutton last month, but a lack of visitors and has led to parish councillors encouraging more people to try it out.

The programme, which take place in the car park next to the council offices on London Road, involves music and art-based facilities.

The council is talking about installing CCTV cameras around town allotments (56398657)
The council is talking about installing CCTV cameras around town allotments (56398657)

Parish council chairman John Clarey said that despite there being posters around the town to advertise the bus, there has been ‘no success so far’.

He said: “It is sad that it hasn’t been taken up. In a way it isn’t bad, but there has to be some issues in Long Sutton.”

At their most recent meeting, councillors discussed tactics of increasing uptake at the bus.

Coun Melanie Ladbrook said: “Young people might like it more than older people. They might be more interested because in our day, we didn’t talk about mental health.”

Moving the bus into the town centre was suggested, but councillors said this would prove difficult as it requires an electrical hookup to operate.

Coun Ladbrook added: “If they put it in the town centre people might be embarrassed to go on it.”

The next bus sessions are on May 10, May 24, June 14, June 28, July 12, August 2, September 13, September 27, October 11 and October 25.

l The parish council has also received a number of negative responses to its plans to install CCTV cameras around the town’s parks and allotments.

Coun Clarey said residents had raised concerns about privacy and intrusiveness. He described their comments as ‘unbelievable’.

He added: “We don’t have to consider it but it is something for further debate.”

l Work to spice up the football pitches off London Road is set to begin this week. It will involve the likes of spraying, overseeding and slitting the grass.

The park won’t be used for between six and eight weeks to allow the grass to repair.

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