Manchester City Council

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Eastside Regeneration Community Safety Project

Eastside Regeneration Community Safety Project

The main aim of the Community Safety Project is to produce and implement a community safety strategy for the Eastside area to run over five years, with sustainable outcomes and benefits beyond the life of the project.

The Community Safety Strategy has been informed by the results of the Crime and Safety Audit, which consisted of several elements, one part of which was the findings of an extensive community consultation questionnaire.

The project will identify the needs, concerns and fears of the local community with regard to crime and safety in their neighbourhood. The questionnaire will cover a wide range, from personal experience of crime, to perceptions of the area.

Community Safety Strategy Action Plan

The strategy is split into the following themes:

  • Young People
  • Security
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Personal and Family Safety
  • Environment
  • Community

Theme: Young People

1997/98 Work

  • Joint work in local schools with Police
  • Structured consistent dugs education strategy for primary schools
  • 'Smashed' - play for young people about alcohol
  • Responsible driving - part of Manchester Youth Service's preparation for work project
  • Help to Foxes Boxing Club
  • Butler Street Youth Initiative
  • Help to nursery schools with books and toy library

1998/99 Work

  • Continued joint work with local schools
  • Continued drugs education work
  • More performances of 'Smashed'
  • Continuation of Responsible Driving (subject to funding)
  • Diversionary youth activities to be developed along lines of Year 2
  • Initiatives dealing with gangs
  • Anti-bullying project
  • Joint work around play areas

Audit Findings

  • Young people do not generally like living in the area
  • Residents are unhappy about the quality of play provision for children, as are the children
  • Young people feel unsafe on the estate
  • Fear of harassment at night from groups of young people is a particular worry

Theme: Security

1997/98 Work

  • 'Safe As Houses' target hardening/repeat victimisation scheme for local residents
  • Victoria Square security improvements
  • CCTV enhancements to equipment at Broadhaven Square
  • Improved security to primary schools, including better and new lighting, target hardening work to vulnerable roofs and 'Smartwater' forensic property marking pack for all schools
  • Business security grants initiatives

1998/99 Work

  • Extension of 'Safe As Houses' scheme
  • Further security improvements to schools I
  • Improved lighting in residential areas (on a phased basis)
  • Work around ideas identified by residents in Community and Safety Audit as unsafe - canals, shops, parades
  • Ongoing work to business security scheme

Audit Findings

  • 43% of respondents have been victims of house burglary in the last 3 years
  • Many residents therefore worry about leaving their home unoccupied
  • Most residents feel that target hardening measures will greatly improve security in the area
  • Police patrols and CCTV in public places are seen as the most effective means of improving public safety

Theme: Drugs and Alcohol

1997/98 Work

  • 'Safe As Houses' target hardening/repeat victimisation scheme for local residents
  • Victoria Square security improvements
  • CCTV enhancements to equipment at Broadhaven Square
  • Improved security to primary schools, including better and new lighting, target hardening work to vulnerable roofs and 'Smartwater' forensic property marking pack for all schools
  • Business security grants initiatives

1998/99

  • Work Extension of 'Safe As Houses' scheme
  • Further security improvements to schools
  • Improved lighting in residential areas (on a phased basis)
  • Work around ideas identified by residents in Community and Safety Audit as unsafe - canals, shops, parades
  • Ongoing work to business security scheme

Audit Findings

  • 43% of respondents have been victims of house burglary in the last 3 years
  • Many residents therefore worry about leaving their home unoccupied
  • Most residents feel that target hardening measures will greatly improve security in the area
  • Police patrols and CCTV in public places are seen as the most effective means of improving public safety

Theme: Personal Safety/Family

1997/98

Work None.

1998/99 Work

  • Work around issues of families and drugs
  • Parenting skills
  • Work with schools to identify problems early on

Theme: Environment

1997/98 Work

  • Removal of fly-tipped rubbish urban village area via programme of works
  • Removal of shrubs along the canal in Ancoats
  • Serving of 215 notices against landlords in urban village
  • Land reclamation programme work in urban village

1998/99 Work

  • Consult with Operational Services regarding maintenance of alleyways, parks and open spaces, as per Crime and Safety audit
  • Joint work with Groundwork Manchester and local youths on community projects
  • Improve lighting
  • Examine ways of improving local shops and environment
  • Formulation of New Deal environmental projects

Audit Findings

  • The quality of the housing stock is one of the main things people like about the area
  • Residents are unhappy with waste removal
  • Condition and cleanliness of alleys considered poor
  • Residents dissatisfied with street lighting
  • They believe the local shops to be poor and some are considered unpleasant places to be
  • They are unhappy about the quality of parks, open spaces and areas for children to play in

Theme: Community

1997/98 Work

  • Supported, and reported to, Miles Platting Assembly
  • Supported local schools through security works
  • Designed and printed newsletter for Assembly
  • Funded insurance for community firework display
  • Involved with Bollington Road Tenants Association with 'Safe As Houses' Scheme

1998/99 Work

  • Ongoing support to Miles Platting Assembly
  • Ongoing work with local schools
  • Support, and report to, proposed Community Forum
  • Joint work with proposed Neighbourhood and Information Officer

Audit Findings

  • 79% of respondents interviewed have lived in the area for more than ten years
  • Adults generally like living in the area, but children don't
  • 60% of respondents think the area is friendly
  • Nearly half think the people in the community are good or excellent
  • The majority of residents don't have a problem with noisy neighbours
  • However only four out of ten agreed with the statement that the area has a 'community feel'

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