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Insp Mark Dickson, Cllr Helen-Ann Smith and Antonio Taylor, Community Protection Manager

Council Successful in Safer Streets Fund bid

Ashfield District Council has been successful in its bid for £550,000 of funding as part of the Ashfield Community Safety Partnership, from the governments Safer Streets fund.

The bid was submitted along with other partnership agencies that make up the Ashfield Community Safety Partnership, including the police, fire service and county council. The funding will be used to tackle ongoing problems in the New Cross area, as well as the wider area of Sutton.

Proposed projects include new CCTV cameras, improved street lighting, a school’s programme, investment in number plate recognition and a new community cohesion lead. Gating orders will also be put in place to close off walkways and alleyways that are prone to anti-social behaviour, and safe spaces will be developed for young people to socialise safely within the area.

Cllr Helen-Ann Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said:

“This is fantastic news for Ashfield. The Ashfield Community Safety Partnership worked hard to secure this funding and have secured the highest amount of funding issued nationally.  
“It is important that residents feel safe within the communities they live. This money will allow us to tackle ongoing issues with crime and anti-social behaviour in New Cross. This is a significant amount of money and it will have a real impact on the residents of the New Cross area. The Council, as part of the Ashfield Community Safety partnership is committed to making Ashfield a safe place to live, work and visit.”