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Second Community Safety Action Zone for Kingswood Residents

27th September 2011
Posted by Gateway 97.8

An additional Community Safety Action Zone (CSAZ) public meeting will be held for Kingswood residents next month following the success of the first meeting.

Residents in the Kingswood area were invited to take an active role in their community and help stamp out crime and anti-social behaviour by attending a residents meeting earlier this month.

The Basildon Community Safety Partnership (CSP) were so impressed with the number of residents who attended the meeting, and the quality of the feedback, that an additional public meeting has been arranged for Thursday 20 October from 7pm at Woodlands School library.

More than 20 local residents attended the first meeting and discussed with representatives from the CSP, which includes Basildon Council and Essex Fire and Rescue, what was good about the area and what could be improved.

Councillor Frank Tomlin, Basildon Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Safety, said: “We were very pleased that so many residents attended the last public meeting and expressed a keen interest in helping improve their neighbourhood.

“We decided to arrange an additional public meeting so that we can ensure that yet more residents’ views and concerns are heard. This will help us to put projects and initiatives in place to tackle the problems that matter most to the people of Kingswood.”

Residents will have the opportunity to decide how the available funding of £5,000 can be best spent on projects and activities in their area to tackle their issues and concerns. Work will be undertaken in the area from September through to December.

The third and final public meeting will be held at the end of the CSAZ and will allow residents to hear about the work that has been carried out in their area and evaluate the success of the CSAZ.

Previous Community Safety Action Zones across the borough have been successful in dealing with graffiti, running clean-up campaigns, establishing youth groups, removing abandoned vehicles and working with Community Payback to clear up neglected public areas.

Anyone who lives or works in the Kingswood area are encouraged to come along to a meeting to help combat any problems and help restore confidence back in the area. For more information, please contact Kaylie Hopcroft, Community Safety Officer at Basildon Council on 01268 294512 or via email at [email protected]

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