Telford & Wrekin Council has launched a project to help residents feel safer in their homes and communities by reducing anti-social behaviour.
The Safer and Stronger Communities investment will address community priorities and create tangible measures to address them.
Residents are being invited to give their views to help build initiatives such as youth groups and social clubs and openings for volunteers to get involved. They are also been asked to help reduce opportunities for wrongdoings such as fly tipping, graffiti and anti-social behaviour.
The next Safer and Stronger Communities event will be held between 11am - 2pm on Saturday 5 March 2022 at Ketley Community Centre and residents are invited to have their say on how they would like to see money spent in their area.
The next events are due to be held on the following dates:
- Carpenter Centre, Overdale, 11am - 2.30pm, Staurday 25 June 2022
- Hadley Community Centre, Hadley and Leegomery, 11am - 2pm, Friday 8 July 2022
- St Leonards Field, Malinslee, 10am - 2pm, Thursday 4 August 2022
- Arleston Community Centre, College and Arleston, 11am - 2pm, Saturday 6 August 2022.
Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, Councillor Shaun Davies said: “According to data, Telford is the safest major town in Shropshire and among the top 10 nationally* where 76 per cent of people feel safe in their homes, but we are far from complacent.
“We want residents to know we are on their side and finding ways to do more like working with the Police to address community concerns as I often hear residents asking for more Police support.
“I’ll work with the Police and partners to ensure they play their part and make the borough even safer.
“With partners and through both immediate action and sustained initiatives, we will ensure Telford and Wrekin continues to be a great place to live, visit and work where people feel safe in their homes.
“It is our hope that with support from the Police Crime Commissioner John Campion, West Mercia Police and residents all working together, we can help empower communities and bring about real change.”
Areas set to benefit include Sutton Hill, Madeley and Woodside, Brookside, Stirchley and Hollinswood, (The Nedge) Wellington (Haygate and Arleston) St Georges and Priorslee, Wrockwardine Wood and Trench, Dawley Bank and Malinslee, Dawley and Aqueduct, Hadley and Leegomery, Oakengates and Ketley Bank, Ketley and Overdale and Donnington.
The project builds on a proven track record, possible measures to enhance community safety include tackling social isolation through community initiatives or youth groups for those not in education, employment or training.
Changes to the physical environment will include measures such as more CCTV, even better lighting along with tackling fly tipping, graffiti and dealing with abandoned cars and houses and parking enforcement will all contribute to a safer, cleaner environment.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion said: “I am committed to seeing that our communities don’t have to face the fear of crime, or have their lives blighted by the actions of others – they should feel safe where they live. With this funding we will be able to deliver a number of simple measures and initiatives that will have a significant impact.”
Community feedback, is critical to the success of the programme, residents have had the opportunity to give their views at a number of events.
So far events have been held at:
- Donnington Community Hub
- Dawley and Aqueduct, Dawley House
- Dawley Bank
- Stirchley, Sambrook Centre
- Sutton Hill Community Church
- Woodside, William Reynolds School.
The investment will see Telford & Wrekin Council contribute £2m and an additional £500k from PCC John Campion to support the project, totalling £2.5m spread over the next two years.
Last updated: 23/06/2022 12:01