Neighbourhoods set to benefit from a new £432k project to boost public safety and crack down on crime received a visit this week from Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster.
Commissioner Angelique Foster took part in a walkabout through areas in Chesterfield Town Centre with Chesterfield Borough Council’s Chief Executive Huw Bowen. The area is due to have a major safety makeover thanks to funding from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund.
The funding will be used to enhance safety in neighbourhoods prone to crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery. Among a whole raft of improvements, the grant will fund improved CCTV cameras, enhanced street lighting and secure bicycle storage in key neighbourhoods.
Commissioner Angelique Foster said: “This funding is good news for the people who live and work in these neighbourhoods and will make a lasting impact on safety in the area, especially for women and girls.
“I was keen to see how the project will be implemented and find out how this extra Government funding will make life better – and safer – for local people.
“Safer Streets is an exciting scheme that will not only reduce the risk of crime but will also allow people to feel more confident about safety in their area. I am looking forward to seeing the project take shape.”
Commissioner Angelique Foster then met Andy Bond, Chesterfield Borough Council’s Town Centre Manager, at the Town Hall where she visited the CCTV control room to see the current surveillance arrangements.
“The additional CCTV cameras will help to deter crime and identify offenders,” said Commissioner Angelique Foster. “This is what people have told me they want to see happening and I’m pleased that Chesterfield is benefiting.”
During her visit she was joined by Cllr Jill Mannion-Brunt, the council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing and PC Becky Damms and PCSO Adele Chapman-Jones from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Before leaving, she met Liz Cook, the Town Council’s Service Director (Housing) at the Customer Services Centre to hear her views on the issues facing local residents.
“It has been useful to hear the views of people in various roles for different organisations,” said Commissioner Angelique Foster. “We are all focussed on improving the quality of life for local people and it is clear that working together we will achieve so much more.”
Dr Huw Bowen (CEO Chesterfield Borough Council, Ian Waller, CBC’s Service Director – Leisure, Culture and Community Wellbeing and behind Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster is Andy Bond, Chesterfield Borough Council’s Town Centre Operations Manager