A north Birmingham suburb is set to see improvements to safety and security as part the Safer Streets scheme, which was launched today (9 September 2021).
Birmingham City Council, along with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, successfully bid for £432,000 from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund to introduce new measures in Stockland Green.
The scheme will implement a range of measures including street lighting upgrades, six redeployable CCTV cameras and a crime prevention assessment for all homes.
Social housing provider, The Pioneer Group, will manage the scheme in partnership with the city council. Local residents’ key concerns are on the impact of anti-social behaviour in the area, which also has a high level of exempt accommodation that has been linked to related issues.
Work to secure access and alley ways by installing new gates and lighting will also take place during the 12-month scheme, and residents will also be supported in converting spaces into community gardens. Clean ups of fly-tipped waste will also be carried out.
Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, said:
Everyone has the right to feel safe at home, in their own neighbourhoods, any time of day or night. Simple measures like better lighting, lockable gates on alleys and access ways, and CCTV that can be moved around to where it’s needed most will help residents feel safe.
We will be working closely with local residents, Police and Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police and Pioneer Group to make sure this scheme helps deliver a safer neighbourhood for everyone who lives or works in Stockland Green.
Simon Foster, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
I was delighted that we successfully secured the Safer Streets funding.
We know small changes can make a big difference and this investment in improved street lighting, movable CCTV and secure access and alleyways will help prevent crime and keep people and families safe and secure. Everyone should feel their area is a safe place to live and work. This welcome investment will contribute to making that a reality.
Ifor Jones, Head of Partnerships at The Pioneer Group, said:
We are delighted to play our part as Birmingham City Council’s community partner bringing together residents in Stockland Green with the key agencies and contractors delivering this Safer Streets programme.
This investment in physical improvements and safety, alongside a range of community investment, will be key in turning the tide for residents.