The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Lisa Townsend has secured over £270,000 in government funding for a project to improve safety in Epsom town centre.
The ‘Safer Streets’ money will towards combatting anti-social behaviour, town centre violence and criminal damage whilst also making the area safer for women and girls.
The Commissioner said it was brilliant news for residents and businesses in Epsom who will benefit from a number of planned measures designed to make the town centre a safer place to visit.
This will include helping modernise CCTV use, delivering training packages for licenced premises and the provision of safe spaces by accredited businesses in the town.
It will also be used to promote the services of the Street Angels and Street Pastors and the availability of free spiking detection devices.
The Police and Crime Commissioners Office submitted three bids for the county totalling £707,320 after working with Surrey Police and borough and district council partners to identify areas most in need of support. Alongside Epsom, the other areas set to benefit are Sunbury Cross and the Surrey Towers housing development in Addlestone.
It is the fourth round of the Home Office’s Safer Streets funding which has so far seen £120m shared across England and Wales for projects to tackle crime and improve safety in local communities.
Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Safer Streets bids for all three projects in Surrey were successful which is great news for those living and working in those areas.
“This funding will help address some of those issues that have been causing concern for people using Epsom town centre such as rowdy and inconsiderate or intimidating behaviour, violence and criminal damage.
“Epsom is a fantastic town and we want to make sure that those visiting, especially at night, feel safe and can enjoy their evening out without it being spoiled by the behaviour of a minority.
“The Safer Streets Fund is an excellent initiative by the Home Office which is continuing to make a real difference to our communities. I will ensure my office continues to work with Surrey Police and our partners to identify other areas that could benefit from this extra funding in the future.”
Borough Commander for Epsom and Ewell Inspector Jon Vale said: ““This is a fantastic opportunity for Epsom to help make the town centre an even safer place, especially for women and girls and those using the night time economy.
“Epsom and Ewell Safer Neighbourhood Team worked very closely with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council in the submission of this bid, demonstrating how focused we are as a partnership on tackling these issues.”