Welwyn Garden City's anti-social behaviour issues under the spotlight

PUBLISHED: 15:45 25 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:45 25 October 2016

Police and members from the council at the Community Information Event, in Welwyn Garden City.

Police and members from the council at the Community Information Event, in Welwyn Garden City.

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In a response to numerous anti-social behaviour incidents in Welwyn Garden City involving young people, the Community Safety Partnership held a Community Information Day.

The information day was held in Woodhall Parade on Cole Green Lane, Welwyn Garden City, on Friday, October 21.

From 4pm to 8pm, Community Safety Partnership officers were on hand to hear the thoughts of residents, provide reassurance and determine what affects the quality of life for those who live or shop in the area.

Agencies participating included the local Safer Neighbourhood team, Herts Fire and Rescue Service, Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust, various teams from the council, Youth Connexions, Child UK, YMCA and Resolve.

The Community Information Day shone a light on many important local issues, and obtained nearly a hundred completed questionnaires from local residents, businesses and flats. There were also more than a dozen registrations to join the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

The information gathered will be used by the Community Safety Partnership and residents to make the area safer, using better targeted police patrols, increased reporting of incidents from local people using the correct channels for fly-tipping, noise complaints and others, and continuing work with Youth Connexions, Child UK and YMCA to make sure our young people have enough appropriate activities to do in the evening.

Councillor Roger Trigg, executive member for community safety, said: “We hosted a really productive Community Information Day in Hatfield in July and we wanted to replicate this in Welwyn Garden City.

“The feedback we received from residents last Friday raised some important points on how we improve the safety of our community. We are working closely with other members of the Community Safety Partnership to make the borough as safe as possible for everyone living and working here.”

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