New batch of Romanian prostitutes trying to work in Chalvey
A new batch of Romanian prostitutes are trying to work in Chalvey as concerns are raised over what will happen next year when EU rules are relaxed.
PC Nick Bond says a 'new batch' of about five or six sex workers have arrived and are trying to work, mainly in Montem Lane.
They don't live in Chalvey but are walking or being driven in from other areas.
PC Bond, Chalvey's neighbourhood specialist officer, said the team are gearing up for a 'blitz'.
The officer said one brothel has been closed down just outside Chalvey and with the help of the landlord another has been closed in Chalvey.
At the end of this year, a temporary ban on Romanian and Bulgarian citizens coming to the EU to seek work will expire.
"Residents of Chalvey have obviously mentioned this to me as a concern," said PC Bond, who said the issue has been raised by all parts of the community from Pakistani to Afro-Caribbean.
"But it is something which we don't really know how it is going to play out. We don't know if there is going to be an influx or much ado about nothing but obviously people are talking about it."
Margaret Inniss, chairman of Chalvey Community Forum, said the issue was raised in passing at a forum meeting but that it was 'just speculation' at the moment.
Another ongoing problem is street drinking, with drinkers swapping benches and street corners for comfy seats in Slough Library.
PC Bond said: "Areas like Chalvey will always have it. There is quite a strong street drinking culture which we are tackling but it is a bit like the prostitution - it is not going to go away easily.
"I know from experience they are finding other places to drink."
One place the street drinkers have been going in the last few months is Slough Library in Slough High Street and 'sitting in the corner somewhere, sneaking out alcohol and falling asleep'.
But he said patrolling has got rid of them before it became a real problem.