Plans to make people safe and feel safer on the streets of Nottinghamshire have been given a £3 million boost today.
The Safer Streets funding will pay for a range of crime prevention measures, including wardens who will patrol the streets, specialist burglary reduction officers, a greater CCTV camera network, better street lighting and training for people working in town centres at night-time to help them keep women and girls safe.
Nottinghamshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner submitted a total of four successful funding bids to the Home Office, each for £750,000, after working with partners, for projects across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
“It is incredible news for the people of Nottinghamshire because it will allow us to target a huge amount of additional resource to Make Notts Safe,” said Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry.
“This is the fourth round of Safer Streets funding and the biggest and most ambitious one yet for Nottinghamshire. It is also one of the biggest amounts handed out to any for the 43 police force areas across England and Wales.
“This money provides extra support and capacity on top of the fantastic work already being carried out every day by Nottinghamshire Police and our local authorities and third-sector partners to prevent and respond to crime and support victims and reduce reoffending.
“We have seen improvements in feelings of safety in each of the areas we have previously invested Safer Streets money, and I hope we can build on that momentum to ensure everyone can feel safe every time they step outside, right across Nottinghamshire.”
One of the new funding bids is for Nottingham city and will fund projects in the Arboretum, Radford and Park, and Bestwood.
Another bid is for South Nottinghamshire, with spending going into the Trent Bridge ward of Rushcliffe borough, Netherfield and Colwick in the Gedling borough, and the Eastwood South area of Broxtowe borough.
A third bid covers the Mansfield and Ashfield districts, with funding coming to Warsop and Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
And the final bid is for the districts of Bassetlaw and Newark and Sherwood, with projects planned in Worksop and the Castle ward of Newark.
It means all seven district and borough councils in Nottinghamshire and the unitary authority of Nottingham have received some Safer Streets funding, with Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry keen to ensure a fair distribution of public funding for safety measures in areas with an identified need.
“An absolutely huge amount of work has happened behind the scenes to make this funding bids a success. Working closely with each of our local authority partners, my Office and key partners have painstakingly put together first-class funding bids,” said Commissioner Henry.
“It follows the success in three previous rounds of Safer Streets funding, and the experience is clear in the fact that we have increased the sums of money coming to Nottinghamshire in every round of funding.”
The first Safer Streets programme brought £550,000 to Newark in 2020/21, followed by £914,000 for Nottingham city and Mansfield in the second round in 2021/22 and £1.1 million for Sutton-in-Ashfield and Worksop South in the last round, also in 2021/22.
“It is a phenomenal achievement to secure a whopping £3 million this time around,” said Commissioner Henry.
“This is another massive step forward in the delivery of the three priorities in our Make Notts Safe Plan - preventing crime and protecting people from harm, responding efficiently and effectively to community needs and supporting victims and survivors, witnesses and communities.”
The partners who worked closely with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on the funding bids were Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Nottingham City Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford, of Nottinghamshire Police, welcomed the funding, which will support the work carried out every day by the force to keep people safe and increase public confidence.
“The PCC, her staff and the force have worked hard to ensure that once again Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will benefit from Safer Streets funding to help us keep people safe and prevent crime.
“This further significant funding will be of huge benefit to a number of different areas across the force area which we have put forward following consultation with our local partners. I’m told it’s one of the largest amounts of funding in the country which is testament to all the collective effort which went it to produce these bids.”
Superintendent Claire Rukas, of Nottinghamshire Police, also welcomed the funding, which will support the work carried out every day by the force to keep people safe and increase public confidence.
“This is great news that Nottinghamshire is set to once again benefit from Safer Streets funding to help us prevent crime,” she said.
“This funding will be of huge benefit to the different areas across the county in making even more improvements to keeping people safe.
“Keeping people safe remains our top priority and this funding is a significant boost to the work we do on a daily basis to achieve that aim.”
Home Secretary, Priti Patel said: “It has been one year since I launched our dedicated violence against women and girls strategy and in that year I have overseen incredible work to support victims, prevent violence against women and girls, protect citizens and deliver justice.
“Our essential work with specialist groups is delivering practical support and change for women and girls across our communities and the Safer Streets Fund continues to make a difference to the safety of women and girls at a community level.”
Cllr Marion Bradshaw, Portfolio Holders for Safer Communities, Housing and Wellbeing at Mansfield District Council, said: “This new funding is really welcome news for the people of Warsop and will support the council in its priority to make sure this district is a safe place in which to live, work or visit.
“There are particular issues with certain public spaces in this part of our district that leave woman and girls feeling vulnerable which we hope, backed by this new funding, we will now be able to address in partnership with the police.”