The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Lisa Townsend has secured over £195,000 in government funding for a project to combat anti-social behaviour and improve safety at a housing development in Addlestone.
The ‘Safer Streets’ money will go towards tackling issues such as drug use, noise nuisance, intimidating behaviour and criminal damage to communal areas at the Surrey Towers estate.
The Commissioner said it was brilliant news for residents and the local community who will benefit from a number of planned measures designed to make the area a safer place to live and visit.
The funding will help make improvements to the security of the estate including resident only access to stairwells, the purchase and installation of CCTV cameras and additional lighting.
Increased police patrols and presence are also part of the plans as well as a new youth provision in Addlestone which will employ a full time youth worker and give young people a place to go.
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 Addlestone, the other areas set to benefit are Sunbury Cross and the town centre at Epsom.
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.
“One of the key issues that is raised repeatedly with me is the impact of anti-social behaviour on our communities and I know that this issue has been causing concern for local people living in and around Surrey Towers.
“So I am really pleased to see that the funding we have been able to secure will help address those issues and put in place measures that I hope will improve their quality of life.
“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.”
Runnymede Borough Commander Inspector James Wyatt said “I am really pleased that our bid has been accepted for funding to improve the quality of life of those living in and around Surrey Towers. This will also include a youth provision for Addlestone, an important diversionary option for young people in the area.”
“I’d like to thank Runnymede Borough Council for their support, and I look forward to working with residents and partners agencies on this project.”
Cllr Chris Howorth, Chair of the Community Services Committee at Runnymede Borough Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see Addlestone receive a much-needed funding boost through Safer Streets, enabling us to further tackle anti-social behaviour, providing support and reassurance to those living in the area, whilst being able to offer facilities and activities for younger people.”
“We know that anti-social behaviour and safety is a concern for people living in and around Surrey Towers and the Council is keen to continue tackling this issue head on, working alongside our community partners to do so.”