Extra cash for trouble hotspot

A CRIME hotspot in Hucknall is to receive a share of an extra £600,000 to tackle anti-social behaviour that is blighting the lives of residents.

The Hucknall East ward is among 15 areas across Nottinghamshire that have been pinpointed for extra attention to improve neighbourhood safety.

Cash is being pumped into the initiative by Notts County Council (£200,000) and the government’s Home Office Community Safety Fund (£392,000).

Hucknall East includes the notorious Goodall Crescent, which in the past has been plagued by drugs, violence and arson attacks, and Broomhill Road, which has problems with anti-social behaviour.

Both of these areas have been among Hucknall’s top three crime-fighting hotspots, targeted by the police and community leaders since the turn of the year.

Coun Keir Morrison (Lab), a Hucknall member of Ashfield District Council for Hucknall East, has been heavily involved in projects with the police to tackle anti-social behaviour in his ward.

Welcoming the cash injection, Coun Morrison said: “With residents, I have pressed hard for extra resources to be ploughed into tackling anti-social behaviour, particularly in the areas of Butler’s Hill and Goodall Crescent.

“This shows that when councillors and residents work together, we can be effective and achieve results.”

How the money is spent will be decided in consultation with residents and community groups.

Last year, a tenants and residents group was launched in the Goodall Crescent area, which will be included in discussions.

The county council says it wants to target the money in specific areas to achieve the maximum impact.

In a report, council officers say that spreading the money would have “meant a reduction in the potential impact because the greatest impact will be secured by achieving large crime-reductions in the highest crime-areas”.

The Cabinet at Notts County Council was expected to approve the spending plan for the funding at a meeting on Wednesday.

Coun Mick Murphy (Con), of Hucknall, who is lead member for community safety at Notts County Council, said: “This will be a real boost for Hucknall East.

“The area needs a bit of extra help. I wish it could be more, but it is very positive.”