CREW comes to Stanmore

Press Release: 19/09/2005

Stanmore is the first area in the Winchester district to benefit from a week-long crime reduction and environment improvement week.  It is also designed to provide practical help and support to those living in the community and inform them of what services are available to them.

The Crime Reduction and Environment Week (CREW) runs from 19 to 24 September, when agencies from across Winchester join together to help the community.

The CREW will involve a number of agencies from the Community Safety Partnership, including Winchester City Council, Police, Fire and Rescue Service, County Youth Services and many local support services, including the Carroll Youth Centre, community groups and importantly the community themselves.

Sandra Tuddenham, Winchester City Council's Community Safety Officer said "CREWs are designed to provide practical help and support in 'improving' an area over the week, to act as a kick start for further long term work. During the week we will aim to focus on what people living in the community want tackled to make them feel safer.

"It is vital that community members come and get involved because they are ones who know the issues and priorities in their area".

The main areas of work will be carried out in Battery Hill, The Valley, Stanmore Lane, Cromwell Road and the Carroll Youth Centre. Agencies are also visiting King's School and Hampshire County Youth Services will be working closely with young people in the area.

Travelling Roadshows have been planned for Tuesday 20 and Thursday 22 between 2-5pm for people to talk to their City Council Neighbourhood Wardens, local police officers as well as meet other support services. Sector Police will be on their new police bikes all week, getting to know the local community.

Karen Fisher, Central Hampshire Police's Community Safety Officer, said "this is very much a partnership between all the agencies involved and only works because of the resources that everyone puts in. The week will not only improve the environment and reduce crime, but also give the public of Stanmore increased accessibility to the various services available to them. We want to give the people a larger stake in how they are policed and how their varied concerns are addressed.

Residents are asked to call 01962 871 466 during the week to highlight any issue they may have in their community.