More than £400,000 secured to improve community safety in Sutton Hill
Sutton Hill in Telford will benefit from just over £400,000 for new measures aimed at reducing crime rates in key areas.
The success of the Safer Streets Funding bid for £432,000 will complement an additional £1.5m Safer & Stronger Communities investment that also aims to tackle crime and ensure neighbourhoods across the borough are great places to live, work and invest.
The Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion, secured the bid in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council and West Mercia Police and all three agencies will work closely with residents to make sure the money is used to the best effect.
Councillor Paul Watling, Cabinet Member for Cooperative Communities, Engagement and Partnerships said: “As a council, we’ve committed to protect, care and invest in our communities.
“We feel it’s really important to work closely with residents to understand where the money will have the biggest impact and are calling for people to get involved with the Neighbourhood Watch group or become a Neighbourhood Champion.
“Our community safety team joined forces with police colleagues and residents to put forward a really strong bid for funding based on the good work already happening in Brookside.
“Now that we’ve got the money for Sutton Hill, we’ll work tirelessly to get the new safety measures in place and keep building on our work to make communities safer and stronger.”
This funding will help tackle pockets of criminality in Sutton Hill which impacts negatively on the wider community and the quality of life of residents, as well as increasing demand on police and partners.
In consultation with residents some of the funding is likely to support a host of measures including;
- Improved street lighting in specific areas
- Enhanced security for buildings that are frequently targeted
- Strengthened and/or increased fencing
- Upgraded CCTV to support the borough-wide CCTV investment
- Neighbourhood Champions and a Neighbourhood Watch group will be set up to identify key local issues
- Crime prevention packs will be circulated
PCC John Campion said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded more money to help make our communities safer. For too long areas like Sutton Hill have suffered with crime and disorder, so it is great news that the Government has once again given us an opportunity to help communities like this one.
“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. Through this funding we will be able to deliver a number of simple measures and initiatives that will have a huge impact.”
As part of the Government’s Safer Streets fund, 40 areas across England and Wales were awarded money to tackle neighbourhood crime and build back safer communities.
The next round of funding is now open with a focus on helping make women and girls feel safer on the streets. PCC John Campion will also be submitting a bid for this to see that females within West Mercia feel safe.
Earlier in the first round of funding in 2020, together with West Mercia Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Telford & Wrekin Council secured £550,000 of Home Office funding and helped deliver the Brookside Safer Streets scheme.
Sutton Hill is the next phase while the third round of the Safer Streets Fund is aimed to help tackle violence against women and girls, which Telford & Wrekin Council, the PCC and West Merica are also submitting a partnership bid for.