Council’s £18,000 boost to fight crime

UP to £18,000 is being spent on reducing crime in Eastwood and residents are being asked which areas need the most funding.

Provided by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Safer Notts Board, the money will be used to tackle anything from burglary to graffiti in the Eastwood South ward.

The Deputy Mayor of Eastwood Don Rowley said it was as a ‘horrible area’ that has got ‘worse and worse’ and wants the money to go towards combating the drug problem and reducing incidents of criminal damage.

The councillor said he lived there for 41 years and moved to Brinsley five years ago to get away from it.

“It got unbearable with kids smashing things up, doing drugs. I watched it getting worse and worse,” he said.

“A huge amount could be done in that area.”

And Cllr Ian Stevens said the money should be spent on providing facilities and jobs for the youth to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

“One of the biggest problems we have is the youth not having anything to do. So they are turning to crime.

“They haven’t got anything to put their energies into and they put it into the wrong thing.

“Lets target the root cause of anti-social behaviour instead of the anti-social behaviour itself.”

Cllr Stevens said he was pleased with the new youth centre in Derby Road, but said more were needed, and called on the facilities the area does have to be used to encourage youngsters into work.

“The new youth centre and the SAFE shop are both great, but what we should be doing is using some of these facilities to move them towards employment.

“When I was their age, instead of hanging around street corners I was going to bed at 9pm because I had to get up at 6am.”

“The devil makes work for idle hands is very true.”

People living in Eastwood South should pick up a copy of the consultation leaflet from SureStart, Eastwood Volunteer Bureau or Eastwood library, or complete the consultation online at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/consultations.

The South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership’s aim is to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for residents.

It is made up of several organisations including the council, police force and fire service.