Incredible sum of money awarded to Council to improve living conditions on West Marsh

Lord Street on West Marsh, Grimsby

Incredible sum of money awarded to Council to improve living conditions on West Marsh

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside (OPCC) in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council have secured an incredible funding bid of £432,000 to improve the lives of residents living in the West Marsh.

The funds come from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund, which aims to cut crime such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery.

This is through implementing simple changes to the design of the streets, such as locked gates, alley gates, alleyways, increased street-lighting and the installation of CCTV in target areas.

The project is set to be delivered within the next 12 months by the OPCC and the Council.

The main focus areas for the scheme are:

  • Alleyways which have rear access to properties giving opportunities for burglary and fly-tipping
  • Pedestrian walkways allowing access and escape routes for drug-dealing activities
  • Increased security of gates
  • Lighting and CCTV in areas prone to drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and violent crime

Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said: “I am delighted my office has worked in partnership with the Council to secure this funding which I hope will be of great benefit to residents living in the West Marsh area.

“It will deliver initiatives that will prevent and reduce crimes such as burglary, theft and robbery. It will have an impact on drug dealing and anti-social behaviour, improving the security of the community and making a sustainable change for everyone living and working there.”

Councillor Ron Shepherd, Portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I’m really pleased that this bid has been successful. We continue to work very closely with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside to tackle crime and disorder within our neighbourhoods.

“This funding will make a huge difference to our communities because it will allow us to make several small changes that could have a big impact, limiting the opportunities that criminals have to commit crime and reassuring residents at the same time.”

The third round of the Home Office Safer Streets Fund has also now opened, providing another opportunity for the OPCC to bid from a fund of £25 million for the year 2021/22.

This funding will go beyond essential environmental measures like improved street lighting and encourage innovative bids for plans primarily focused on helping make women and girls feel safer on the streets, as well as an emphasis on changing attitudes and behaviours in local communities.

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