Street CRED heads to Derby Road13th August 2013
Derby Road will be the location for the next Street CRED (Crime Reduction and Environment Day) on Thursday 22 August, which will see Southampton City Council and its partners deliver a programme of joined-up activities aimed at tackling environmental crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
Requested by the Newtown Residents Association, the Derby Road Street CRED aims to address problems around fly tipping, and tackle waste removal and dog fouling. Residents will be encouraged to continue keeping their neighbourhood clean, green and safe when the day is over.
The Street CRED partners will be based at the Ropewalk Community Centre from 12noon - 4.30pm. The council’s Community Safety team will be on hand throughout day and residents are invited to come along to share any comments, concerns or questions that they may have. The Newtown Police team are holding a beat surgery for residents to talk in confidence about their concerns - a private room to discuss issues will be available.
The council’s Waste and Recycling team will join this Street CRED to encourage residents to recycle more, offering advice on what can go (and can’t go) in blue-lidded bins, waste collection days and how everyone can do their bit by simply removing their bins from the pavements after they’ve been emptied. There will also be information on new initiatives aimed at boosting recycling in Southampton including a new incentive scheme and a waste and recycling smartphone app that will soon be available to download.
Avoiding the fire hazards presented by fly-tipping will be top of the agenda for Hampshire Fire & Rescue, while the Blue Lamp Trust will be on hand offering free home security surveys and security improvements as part of their Bobby Scheme.
Newtown Residents Association and West Itchen Community Trust Limited (www.wict.co.uk) will be available to talk about ideas for improving the area. Two Saints Day Centre - based in Cranbury Avenue - will distribute dog fouling bag dispensers to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Community Payback has already been working hard in the area to remove fly-tipped waste from alleyways. This is all part of Street CRED’s efforts to provide residents with a ‘clean slate’ so they can continue keeping their neighbourhood in a condition that everyone can be proud of.
Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport and ward councillor for Bevois Ward, said: “Street CRED is all about promoting pride in our neighbourhoods and giving residents the tools and information they need to keep themselves safe and help keep their part of the city in good shape.
“There is so much going on at the Derby Road event so I really hope that lots of people come along to find out about what’s being done to improve their area - and to see how they can get involved.”
Find out more about Street CRED and the work being done to make our city a safer place to live at our Safer Southampton pages.