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Community Safety Event







Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) and Colchester Borough Council hosted a successful Community Safety Event earlier this month. The event which took place on the 4th March at Colchester's Weston Homes Stadium brought together local organisations and individuals, to network and publicise the new Police and Crime Act legislation.

On the day 87 individuals were in attendance representing some 26 local organisations, including Councillor Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Licensing and Culture. Councillor Young addressed the attendees about the Safer Colchester Partnership. Other speakers included Karen Loweman, CBH Director of Housing, Pam Donnelly, Chair of the Safer Colchester Partnership and Lindsay Whitehouse, Deputy Police Crime Commissioner for Essex.

The packed programme of events throughout the day included workshops on domestic abuse, restorative justice and anti-social behaviour. In addition a wide range of exhibitors attended the day in order to promote ongoing work by the Safer Colchester Partnershipacross the borough, such as Colchester Women's refuge, The British Red Cross, The Fire Service, The Police and Colchester Borough Council's Environmental Noise Team.

Lindsay Whitehouse Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex said

 "This event was really important in bringing together a number of different agencies with a commitment to community safety in Colchester. There were opportunities to share good practice and ideas as well as considering how to take forward joint future initiatives. I commend Colchester Borough Homes for their hard work in setting up and running this very successful event." 

Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Licensing and Culture. Councillor Tim Young, said:

"Making Colchester even safer requires many organisations to share knowledge and resources.  Events such as this are an excellent way to develop joint working with The Safer Colchester Partnership and others, and ultimately achieve the best for the borough's residents."

The day enabled attendees to have the opportunity to discuss concerns over community safety issues, share good practice and to raise awareness of issues previously unknown.