New £149,000 boost for Great Yarmouth anti-crime work
Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk Police have been awarded £149,000 out of the Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner £936,000 allocation of the latest round of the government's Safer Streets Fund.
The money will support initiatives to tackle neighbourhood crime, violence against women and girls (VAWG) and anti-social behaviour (ASB) across Norfolk.
Launched in July 2023, Round Five of the Safer Streets Fund invited Police Crime Commissioners to bid for £43m of funding to help target areas disproportionately affected by neighbourhood crime, VAWG and ASB.
Running over 18 months from October 1, 2023, to March 31, 2025, the money is being match-funded by Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Planned initiatives include:
. Great Yarmouth alleyway cleansing
· Community engagement
· A bike tagging project
· CCTV expansion
The council aims to involve the community in the planning and execution of these initiatives, encouraging active participation and fostering a collective sense of ownership in creating a safer Great Yarmouth.
Previous successful bids have enabled the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk and the Norfolk Community Safety Partnership to secure more than £400,000 to tackle VAWG with measures such as better street lighting and increasing the CCTV network in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.
Individuals, businesses, community groups and sports clubs are asked to share their feedback on where the additional CCTV cameras are proposed to be installed in an online survey at https://surveys.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/cctv-consultation. The closing date for responses is midnight on Friday, February 16, 2024.
Councillor Carl Smith, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: "I am delighted with this news which means these initiatives will continue the community safety interventions successfully achieved by the council in the four previous rounds.
"The council remains committed to making Great Yarmouth a safe place to live, work and visit for our residents and visitors."