Multi-Agency Event Set to Blitz Town Centre
The town centre will be the latest area to benefit from the hugely successful Safer Colchester Partnership Day of Action project, as it comes to Castle Ward on Thursday 29 November.
The Safer Colchester Partnership, comprising of Colchester Borough Council, Essex Police and Essex County Council, together with supporting agencies, works together to target key issues affecting the local community. These issues are identified by consulting residents and businesses prior to the event.
Mechanical sweepers, Zone Wardens, Operatives and Managers will be on hand to carry out extensive litter picks and undertake an intense clear up of the area. This will make a significant, visible difference to the aesthetic appearance and cleanliness of the town.
The Colchester Borough Council Exhibition unit will be located in Culver Street West on the day from 9.30am. Officers from the Council will be available to offer advice and assistance on a number of issues affecting local residents, including Private Sector Housing, Environmental Control & Protection, Community Initiatives, Warm Homes and Welfare Rights from the MacMillan team.
Officers from Colchester Borough Homes Anti Social Behaviour Team, DVLA, England Illegal Money Lending Team (loan shark awareness), Essex Probation Community Payback, Essex Trading Standards and Essex Waste Busters will also be in town offering support, advice and carrying out patrols.
The Council's Animal Control officers will also be available on the day to offer advice and education about dog fouling and will be available to offer advice on micro-chipping pets on the day.
Essex Police will be a high visibility presence right across the ward with many PC's and PCSO's on the streets, boosting community safety and tackling any issues arising on the day.
Essex Fire and Rescue Service will be at Colchester Institute with their 'Fire Bike' presentation at the College for Auto-Engineering students to promote bike safety.
The North Essex Parking Partnership will also be conducting patrols to help tackle the issue of parking, which residents' highlighted as a leading concern as part of the consultation process.
Soldiers from the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester will also be involved in using their expertise to help the local community on the day. They will be cleaning and completely repainting two underpasses and undertaking other practical jobs to help improve the local environment on the day.
Councillor Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Community Safety and Culture said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with other agencies as part of the Safer Colchester Day of Action Project, which makes a significant difference to local communities.
"I am pleased to be bringing this successful scheme to Castle Ward. We have consulted and listened to residents' concerns to effectively tackle the issues that matter."
Essex Police (Crime Reduction Team, Local Policing team & Traffic Officers) will be working alongside British Transport Police and Cycle Colchester at North Station to provide a multi-agency 'Cycle Awareness' promotion from 2pm - 7pm.
The Safer Colchester Project Team will be remaining in the ward for a period of three months after the Community Day of Action to continue to tackle the issues affecting the local community, as well as extensive youth and community engagement to help reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and fear of crime.
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The formal briefing / opening of the CDOA event will take place at: 8.00AM @ The Salvation Army Community Centre, Larsson Room (1st Floor), Butt Road, Colchester, CO3 3DA (This will be the Control Centre for the event and will be open from 08.00am - 4.30pm)
Top five issues residents and businesses identified in the consultation were: