Local groups will be sprucing up their neighbourhoods as part of a Week of Action taking place in the East Locality next week.
The week, which will take place between Monday (20 August) and Friday (24 August) aims to balance enforcement action with tackling enviro crime such as litter and graffiti as well as carrying out consultations with communities.
Organised by Swindon Community Safety Partnership in conjunction with the East Locality team, the week of action will involve a number of agencies including various Swindon Borough Council departments such as housing, localities, Trading Standards, highways, neighbourhood wardens and councillors.
Wiltshire Police, Swindon Commercial Services, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Her Majesty’s Court Service are also involved in the initiative which aims to work with residents to improve the area in which they live.
The East Locality covers the areas of Covingham, Dorcan, Coleview, Nythe, Liden, Eldene, Park South, Park North and Walcot. The localities team will be working with a number of local groups including Chat for Action, SWAP (Swindon, Walcot and Parks), Shaftesbury Angling Club and Liden Women’s Institute to complete litter picks of their respective areas.
The team will also be discussing parking issues in Walcot with residents and asking people to take part in a community lorry watch in Covingham.
Cllr Julian Price, East Locality Chair, said: “I am very excited that the Week of Action has been planned for the East Swindon Locality during the August school holidays and we look forward to meeting local residents.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for public services to work in partnership with local councillors and the local community to address their concerns. Amongst other things we will be looking at how we can address anti-social behaviour, drugs and alcohol issues and property security, as well as looking at how communal spaces, like Sussex Square can be improved.
“Since becoming Chair of the East Swindon Locality I have been really impressed by the commitment of the locality’s local groups in wanting to make a real difference to their neighbourhoods and I hope this initiative will be the catalyst for further events that address local concerns in the future.”
The Swindon Community Safety Partnership team will visit key areas offering practical advice on personal, property and vehicle safety along with free bike barking and registering.
Cllr Vera Tomlinson, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for a Safer and Stronger Borough, said: “Swindon is normally a very safe place, but we do know that each locality has its own issues and we have been working hard with local people to find out what these are so we can begin to tackle them during the Week of Action.
“As well as working with local people to clear up unsightly areas of their neighbourhoods the Swindon Community Safety Partnership team and other agencies will also be delivering some really important safety messages and advice.”
There will also be an opportunity to purchase safety items, and officers from the partnership will be at the following locations throughout the week with the Swindon Safe Bus:
Monday 20th Churchfields School 10am – 12pm
Churchfields School will be hosting a presentation to residents about the proposed planning application for playfootball.net to develop multi-purpose all weather pitches on the site. Tea and coffee will be available and the Swindon Safe Bus will be there offering crime reduction advice.
Marlowe Avenue 1pm – 3pm
Launch of a good neighbour agreement including a fun afternoon organised by residents. The Swindon Safe Bus, Housing, Police and other agencies will be there to support this initiative.
Tuesday 21st Shaftesbury Avenue area 10.30am – 1pm
Volunteers working with officers from Swindon Commercial Services will be litter picking in the area
Eldene Shops 10am – 12pm
The Swindon Safe Bus will be parked in the car park offering advice and information on all aspects of community safety. Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will also be on hand.
Wednesday 22nd Cavendish Square 10.30am – 2pm
The Swindon Safe Bus and other agencies will be in Cavendish Square offering free bike marking and registration. There will be property/vehicle security advice and anti-social behaviour, illegal tobacco, drugs and alcohol issues will also be discussed.
Thursday 23rd Sussex Square 10.30am – 3pm
The Swindon Safe Bus and other agencies will be in Cavendish Square offering free bike marking and registration and property/vehicle security, anti-social behaviour, illegal tobacco, drugs and alcohol advice. There will also be a site meeting with interested parties to look at how Sussex Square can be spruced up, as highlighted by the local community.
Friday 24th Coate Water 11am – 2pmThe Swindon Safe Bus will be at Coate Water offering free bike marking and registering. There will also be an opportunity to receive advice on keeping you and your property safe.
Anyone who wants to get involved in the Week of Action can contact East Locality facilitator Chris Smith on 01793 466238 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org