A £1.3m windfall has been secured by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner to improve safety and tackle anti-social behaviour in two communities blighted by crime and to expand a powerful campaign to tackle Violence against Women and Girls across the region.
Emily Spurrell has successfully bid for the huge cash investment from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund for two projects focused on reducing crime in hotspot areas in Knowsley and Liverpool, and for extra funding to expand the successful Safer Streets Liverpool campaign aimed at preventing sexual violence particularly around the public transport network.
Working with Knowsley Council, £367,000 of funding will be used to improve the safety of residents in Primrose Court, a housing estate which has suffered from high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in recent years.
The new funding will be used to put in place a raft of measures aimed at preventing crime and making residents feel more secure in their homes, including the installation of new CCTV, street lighting and fencing. The funding will also be used to provide security devices for homes on the estate, tackle fly-tipping and improve local green spaces with the aim of rejuvenating the area and creating a healthier environment for residents.
A similar community safety project will also be undertaken in Picton in Liverpool.
A further £576,000 has been secured to expand the Safer Streets Liverpool campaign to tackle Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and improve women’s feelings of safety, particularly around the public transport network.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “I am overjoyed we have secured this huge cash investment totalling £1,336,490 for these three much-needed projects aimed at improving safety in key areas across our region.
“I visited both Primrose Court and Picton last week as part of ASB Awareness Week and saw for myself the issues these communities are facing.
“Knowsley is one of the most deprived Boroughs in the country, yet it didn’t receive a penny in the Government’s so-called ‘levelling up’ announcement. I’m determined to do what I can to address that, so it’s great news that we have secured this major cash investment to focus on putting a stop to the issues which have afflicted Primrose Court for so long and to create a safer, cleaner, healthier environment for people living there.
“No-one should feel unsafe in their home or the area where they live. We’ve seen the success previous Safer Streets projects have had in other parts of Merseyside, like Birkenhead and the Flower Streets of Kirkdale, so I’m really hopeful we can change things for the better in Huyton and Picton too.
“I’m also thrilled that we’ve secured such a huge investment to expand our very successful Safer Streets Liverpool campaign across the whole of Merseyside.”
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “We know crime and anti-social behaviour in Primrose Court is an ongoing issue and one we and our partners have been continuing to address for some time. I’m delighted that we have secured this funding to tackle the area’s problems and the funding will be used to help to address a number of priority issues including highways, street lighting and CCTV.
“We now look forward to working with our community safety partners including Merseyside Police and the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner to implement the positive plans we have developed in order to create long-term change.”
Merseyside Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley said: “This funding will help us continue our work with our partners to make our streets safer for women and girls, as well as tackle anti-social behaviour and burglary in two areas that have sadly suffered at the hands of criminality in recent months.
“The expansion of the Safer Streets Liverpool campaign will build on efforts to ensure women feel safe as they move around the city, with more officers and CCTV coverage in key areas. Crucially, the next generation, as well as adults, will benefit from a programme to influence and challenge damaging behaviour.
“We have increased patrols and engaged targeted operations following reports of anti-social behaviour in Primrose Court in Huyton, and this funding will mean lasting physical changes can also be made to the area. It will be used to improve the appearance of the area, and street lighting and CCTV will be installed.
“It is hoped this will restore pride in the area, help us detect criminality and bring offenders to justice, and ultimately deter anti-social behaviour.”