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Is the Dimbles really like Beirut?

For anyone who has seen the front page of the Lichfield Mercury this week, you’ll know that a councillor’s likening of the Dimbles to Beirut hasn’t gone down well.

Apparently, it’s the last thing the area needs. I tend to disagree.

The last thing the Dimbles needs is a sugar-coated vision of itself. Don’t let the wave of community spirit in the wake of the death of Michael Eccles fool you into thinking the area was rolling meadows with a fabled London blitz community spirit – it wasn’t.

The Dimbles was a place where you never felt safe. You only have to look at the amount of times you’d see a police car in the area to get a vibe for what it was really like.

To get through its problems, the Dimbles community needs to take a stand in much the way it has in the aftermath of the recent tragedy. But like anyone with a problem, the first step towards recovery is to admit you have a problem.

And no matter what the community say right now, they do have a problem.

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  1. Aphex666

    6th February, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I agree that recognition of a problem is a first step to solving it, these sorts of comments aren’t helpful. It’s just self serving hyperbole to try and resonate with people and to make them think things are going to dramatically change. Good to see it’s backfired even though those that think the dimbles is a nice place are just as misguided with their comments.

  2. Sammy J

    6th February, 2009 at 11:39 am

    It’ll be interesting to see how long the ‘community spirit’ lasts before the problems start all over again.

  3. concerned

    15th March, 2009 at 11:31 am

    well not very long, i am unfortunate to live ib charnwood house, which is moust of the time underseage by the local thugs, and untill they locked him up the 15 year old killer and his mate
    last night girls were pissing in the square at midnight whos daughters are thies?