Cabinet is to consider a Safer Streets initiative when it meets on Wednesday 20 October. The proposed initiative will put residents at its heart - and focus on what is important to an area. If approved, the Safer Streets proposal is the next step in the Council’s approach to supporting residents and communities, so they can help form their own responses and solutions to the issues that affect them most.
The new proposal will focus on specific aims and identified challenges, these are:
• Personal responsibility
• Community led solutions
• Integrated services
• Integrated enforcement
Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader of Walsall Council with a portfolio for Resilient Communities said:
“The Safer Streets proposal is the next step in the development of the Resilient Communities model. This model has already proved to be successful during the COVID pandemic. It is based on a partnership approach, which promotes honest two-way communication, listening and respect. Communities have already told us that that are happy to play their part in homemade solutions if they are appropriately supported.
“We will therefore be investing £50,000 in 2021/22 to support a ‘Safer Streets’ Programme pilot. This will build on established relationships, as well as tried and tested methods that give a local voice to local issues and their collective solutions.”
Notes to editors
- As part of its commitment to delivering Resilient Communities, Cabinet will be looking to approve a Safer Streets Programme pilot on 20 October.
- The Resilient Communities model is a strength-based approach that enables individuals and communities to help support themselves via integrated services and enforcement.
- The proposed Safer Streets initiative prioritises ‘feeling safe in the environment where you live’
- ‘Safer Streets’ will support residents and communities by helping them develop their own assets based approach to key community issues.
- Cabinet will receive a report in April 2022 on what this delivery will look like in pilot areas.
- The new initiative is a natural progression from the Cabinet decision in October 2019, to approve the ‘Resilient Communities – “A New Model of Personal Responsibility, Community Led Solutions, Integrated Community Safety and Community Protection and Enforcement’.”
- The full cabinet report and strategy can be found on Committee Meeting Information System (CMIS)