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Fund awarded for Safer Streets in Gedling borough

Date Posted: 12:52 PM on Tue, 26 July 2022

Plans to make people safe and feel safer on the streets of Gedling borough have been given a funding boost.

The Safer Streets funding will pay for a range of crime prevention measures, including wardens who will patrol the streets, specialist burglary reduction officers, a greater CCTV camera network, better street lighting and training for people working in town centres at night-time to help them keep women and girls safe.

Nottinghamshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner submitted a total of four successful funding bids to the Home Office, each for £750,000, after working with partners, for projects across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Gedling Borough Council was successful for a bid for the Colwick and Netherfield area of the borough. The money will be used to increase CCTV cameras, improvew street lighting and promote projects that help reduce anti-social behaviour.

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke MBE said:

“We welcome the news that our joint bid with the South Notts Community Safety Partnership for the Safer Streets 4 Fund has been successful. We can now use this money to help with some of the council’s priorities around reducing anti-social behaviour in areas where it is highest, specifically around the Netherfield and Colwick area.

“I am sure that residents will welcome the news that more is being done to reduce crime where they live.

“We will use the funding to increase CCTV cameras in those areas, install more street lighting in areas where anti-social behaviour is high, increase Neighbourhood Warden patrols and do more to educate young people at risk of offending.

“This is a great example of local partners working together to get access to much-needed funding from central government so we can continue to serve people and improve lives in Gedling.”

“It is incredible news for the people of Nottinghamshire because it will allow us to target a huge amount of additional resource to Make Notts Safe,” said Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry.

“This is the fourth round of Safer Streets funding and the biggest and most ambitious one yet for Nottinghamshire. It is also one of the biggest amounts handed out to any for the 43 police force areas across England and Wales.

“This money provides extra support and capacity on top of the fantastic work already being carried out every day by Nottinghamshire Police and our local authorities and third-sector partners to prevent and respond to crime and support victims and reduce reoffending.

“We have seen improvements in feelings of safety in each of the areas we have previously invested Safer Streets money, and I hope we can build on that momentum to ensure everyone can feel safe every time they step outside, right across Nottinghamshire.”

The partners who worked closely with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on the funding bids were Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Nottingham City Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford, of Nottinghamshire Police, welcomed the funding, which will support the work carried out every day by the force to keep people safe and increase public confidence.

“The PCC, her staff and the force have worked hard to ensure that once again Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will benefit from Safer Streets funding to help us keep people safe and prevent crime. 

“This further significant funding will be of huge benefit to a number of different areas across the force area which we have put forward following consultation with our local partners. I’m told it’s one of the largest amounts of funding in the country which is testament to all the collective effort which went it to produce these bids.”