Action plan set up to arrest residents’ fear of crime

HUCKNALL'S police chief, Insp Nick Butler, is confident that residents will be reassured by the crime and anti-social behaviour action plan that is being drawn up
HUCKNALL'S police chief, Insp Nick Butler, is confident that residents will be reassured by the crime and anti-social behaviour action plan that is being drawn up

AN ACTION plan is being drawn up after Hucknall residents came out in force to give their views on crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.

After a survey in Hucknall East, operated by Ashfield Community Safety Partnership, residents were approached in Goodall Crescent, Clumber Street, Hankin Street and Brickyard Drive and asked about the issues affecting them.

The team, which included representatives from the police, Ashfield District Council and SureStart, also took photographs and made notes about litter, graffiti, unkempt gardens and public notices.

The views of the community survey and questionnaire is due to be reported back to the Hucknall East Action Group at its upcoming meeting.

“We were absolutely delighted with the way the Environmental Visual Audit went,” said Insp Nick Butler, who is chairman of the Hucknall East Action Group and the town’s police chief.

“Residents were very helpful, taking time to answer our questions and letting us know what they thought would be useful in the area.

“We also observed environmental issues that can be addressed. We are confident that as a result of the exercise we will be able to introduce some actions to make the area look better and help reassure residents.”

During the team’s visit to the area, 53 surveys were completed and a further 127 were posted through letterboxes. Residents are being urged to fill them out and send them back to Hucknall police station so a fuller picture of the community’s views can be heard.

Similar survey actions are planned for other areas in Hucknall East and it is hoped that younger residents’ opinions can also be heard at a ‘pop and pizza’ evening.

Funding for the surveys is being drawn from the Community Safety Partnership after Hucknall East was selected as one of 15 Partnership Plus areas in Nottinghamshire.

The areas chosen are based on crime statistics.

This latest survey is just one of many initiatives suggested by the action group to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour problems,.