Gedling MP, Tom Randall, has welcomed the additional £750,000 awarded to Colwick and Netherfield through the fourth round of the Conservative Government’s Safer Streets Fund, which will help to make streets safer through projects to crack down on neighbourhood crimes and prevent violence against women and girls.
This additional funding, part of the £50 million from the latest round of the Safer Streets Fund, will invest in essential measures, including extra CCTV and improved street lighting, and it will encourage police and community groups to deliver focused plans to help make women and girls feel safer on our streets, as well as projects which will change attitudes and behaviours in local communities.
Mr Randall said: “No one should feel afraid while walking the streets, yet for so many people, particularly women and girls, feeling uncomfortable or even unsafe in public spaces has become an all-too-common occurrence.
“That is why I wrote to the Home Secretary in June and asked her to prioritise investment into making Gedling safer and I am delighted Colwick and Netherfield has now received £750,000 through our Safer Street Fund, which will deliver necessary measures such as extra CCTV and street lighting alongside engagement projects to change behaviours and prevent crimes being committed.
“Alongside our pledge to get more police on the streets, with more than 25 recruited and deployed onto the streets of Gedling – this investment will ensure people feel safe and secure throughout Gedling as we Build Back Safer.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “It has been one year since I launched our dedicated violence against women and girls strategy and in that year I have overseen incredible work to support victims, prevent violence against women and girls, protect citizens and deliver justice.
“Our essential work with specialist groups is delivering practical support and change for women and girls across our communities and the Safer Streets Fund continues to make a difference to the safety of women and girls at a community level.”