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Thursday 28 December

Community partnership working to help estate residents improve their local area

A multi-agency project targeting crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) on three estates across the borough carried out a range of activities in the run up to Christmas.

The Swale Community Safety Partnership (CSP) – made up of the council, local police, fire, health and probation services, as well as local housing associations – is focusing on the estates to help tackle crime and ASB, and help keep vulnerable residents safe.

In the week before Christmas partners in the project undertook a number of activities, including:

A community outreach exercise is also planned for January to promote loan shark awareness as well as home fire safety awareness at Whiting Crescent, Faversham.

The fun day saw the partnership team provide support and information to local residents, alongside bouncy castles, a Santa’s Grotto, Christmas crafts, and free festive soup.

Cllr Alan Horton, cabinet member for safer families and communities at the council, said:

"Initiatives like these can make a real difference to local communities, by bringing people together, and engaging with them to provide the support and advice they need to keep themselves safe and well.

"The Christmas fun day helped bring the community together, and was a chance for us to hear directly from people about what has improved so far, and what we still need to do."

The estates project began in the summer, when CSP partners pooled intelligence to identify estates that would benefit from targeted interventions.

Each area was visited for a multi-agency audit which identified issues that contribute to crime and ASB; are a cause for concern for residents’ safety; or, where some support would help address wider needs. The partners then came together to look for solutions to these problems, and develop an action plan to deliver them.

Issues identified from the plans developed include, waste management, fire safety education, nuisance vehicles and land ownership and responsibilities.

To find out more about the CSP visit 

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