Pilot scheme launched in Winterstoke ward to help people feel safer

Winterstoke ward councillor Sarah Codling spearheaded the project. Picture: Sarah Codling

Winterstoke ward councillor Sarah Codling spearheaded the project. Picture: Sarah Codling - Credit: Archant

A pilot project designed to make people feel safer in their homes has launched in Weston today (Thursday).

Ask Community Safety is being trialled in the Winterstoke ward and has been set up by ward councillor Sarah Codling, community safety officer Harry Mills and town centre police Sergeant Lee Kerslake.

The project aims to bring the traditional partners and communities together meetings to people’s homes by allowing them to submit questions and concerns about issues in their community, such as littering or antisocial behaviour, anonymously.

The questions will be collated and answered by a panel made up of representatives from the council’s community safety team and other stakeholders in a video.

It will also give agencies the opportunity to provide feedback on what is being done and what has been achieved to improve public confidence in dealing with such issues.

The videos will be shared through the council’s community safety social media accounts.

Ask Community Safety will run across the Winterstoke ward, which covers Haywood Village, Weston Village and part of Locking Castle.

Cllr Codling said: “We all want to feel safe where we live and know where to go for help when we have concerns.

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“Residents have told me they are interested in finding out how to protect and improve our community, as well as wanting to know when to call 999, 101 or use other reporting channels.

“People also tell me they can find it difficult to attend meetings and information from a trusted source online is often their preferred way to find out more about an issue.

“I have worked with police and council colleagues to set up this project as a simple, anonymous way for homeowners to share their concerns and get reliable online information and guidance in response.

“I’d like to encourage Winterstoke ward residents to email us their questions and we will then share some short information films online in reply.”

People can submit questions to askcommunitysafety@n-somerset.gov.uk before the first round closes on December 14.

For more information, visit www.saferstrongerns.co.uk/askcommunitysafety