£1.7 million invested in making Derby safer
Published: 26 July 2022
Derby City Council has been awarded almost £750,000 from the Home Office's latest Safer Streets Fund. It brings Derby’s total Safer Streets Fund allocation to £1.7m.
The Safer Streets Fund was launched by the Government to invest in initiatives which target neighbourhood crime, violence against women and girls, and anti-social behavior in areas across England and Wales.
Now, Derby City Council has been allocated £749,973 to build on work already delivered through previous Safer Streets Funding allocations.
Councillor Matthew Eyre, Cabinet Member for Community Development, Place and Tourism said:
I’m really proud of all our teams for pulling together this incredibly successful bid. To have been awarded the maximum amount is a real testament to what we’ve done so far, and will allow us to continue this important work, alongside our partners, to achieve the best for Derby.
We as a City Council are absolutely committed to our on-going efforts to tackle the on-street and neighbourhood issues that matter the most to residents across Derby, as well as improve our early intervention approach, and the full allocation of Safer Streets Round Four Funding will greatly assist us in achieving what we plan to do.
The Council is looking at a number of interventions across the city – using data and intelligence to target key areas, and ultimately offer support and protection to our communities. Initiatives in the latest bid includes:
- Preventative education and peer-led interventions to support young people at risk of offending
- Improvement and installation of CCTV and street lighting across the city, including Arbouretum, Normanton, Derwent and Alvaston Wards
- Installation of fly-tipping enforcement cameras - and interventions - to reduce environmental crime such as fly-tipping
- Installation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to reduce vehicle crime, neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour
- Funding to support the review and regulation of poor housing.
It’s expected that the latest initiatives will be delivered by September 2023.
The Council will be working with local partners to deliver the schemes, including police colleagues, Down to Earth, Engineered Learning, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Empowered Youth, Community One and Keep Britain Tidy.
Derby has been awarded almost £1.7m in total from the Home Offices’ Safer Streets Fund since 2020, which has successfully delivered a number of schemes, including:
- Launch of a Safe Derby campaign, to help keep women and girls safe on our streets, which saw the delivery of Active By-stander training and the Safe Places project, and Get Home Safely workshops
- Additional street-lighting and CCTV cameras installed in and around Alvaston Park, Chaddesden Park, Markeaton Park, Racecourse Park, 12 new cameras in the West End of Derby, and in several city subways and the city centre
- Upgrade of the city’s CCTV control room
(Delivery date corrected 4/8/2022)