Broxtowe and Aspley will be the subject of scrutiny visits next week to monitor how partnership working is helping to keep the areas safe.
Nottinghamshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland will take part in a special ‘walk about’ in the two areas on Tuesday (March 10) to witness first-hand how police, community partners and the local authority are working together to address offending and other social problems.
Both estates have been identified as ‘high impact areas’ areas by the Force and City Council – neighbourhoods which suffer a disproportionate level of crime and require high impact intervention involving a multitude of local agencies.
Broxtowe has experienced significant levels of anti-social behaviour in the Woodfield Road, Withern Road, Lindbridge Road and Fenwick Road areas as well as high incident rates of domestic violence and cannabis production. Aspley has also faced anti-social behaviour problems in the Welstead Avenue, Tenbury Avenue and Allendale Avenue area, in addition to cannabis production within the estate.
The Deputy Commissioner’s visit will form part of a series of progress checks across all of the county’s Priority Plus areas to evaluate the work taking place to reduce crime and disorder and improve the futures of local residents.
Chris, a leading women’s rights campaigner and Nottinghamshire’s victims’ advocate, said: “For some time now, local partners in the Aspley and Broxtowe areas have been working closely together to resolve some of the social issues which contribute to criminality in an effort to make life easier for local people.
“We know that domestic violence, drug taking and supply and acquisitive crime has strong links to unemployment and it is pleasing that some of the innovative approaches being used in these areas involve developing people’s life skills and confidence to improve their employability, which can ultimately help them to break negative cycles of behaviour.
“In the current economic climate, it’s vital that we tackle issues collectively to get the most out of our resources and to ensure that we deliver value for money to the taxpayer. I’m looking forward to finding out how the multiagency intervention schemes are being implemented in these areas to reduce demand on policing and create a safer living environment.”
During the visit, Chris will meet staff and volunteers at BEST (Broxtowe Education, Skills and Training), a social enterprise organisation which equips local people with core skills such as numeracy, literacy, IT and social skills to help them find work. The organisation aims to boost the self-confidence of its students in searching for work as part of a wider goal to improve the social environment.
The Deputy Commissioner will also meet domestic violence survivors at the organisation’s Denton Green premises to find out more about the support they are being offered under the scheme.
Media Enquiries: Sallie Blair – 01283 821012 / 07702 541401
Posted on Thursday 5th March 2015