The next Street CRED will be at Riverside Park on Wednesday 5 December from 10am.
A new scheme aimed at restoring pride in Southampton’s neighbourhoods got underway last month as Southampton City Council and its partners launched a series of action days to tackle environmental crime and anti-social behaviour.
The council has joining forces with its partners and local residents to get the city’s neighbourhoods sparkling in a series of days of action that kicked off in October.
Street CRED (which stands for Crime Reduction and Environment Days) will see the council team up with the police, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and local residents to help make homes and streets cleaner, greener and safer. Street CRED represents a new approach to tackling environmental crime and anti-social behaviour, and educating residents about safety and crime prevention in hotspot locations across the city.
Selected neighbourhoods will be getting a thorough clean up in the coming months, with graffiti being removed, waste from fly tippers disposed of properly and hedges and other overgrowing vegetation being cut back. Meanwhile, households will be offered fire safety checks and practical advice on how to secure their homes and deter criminals.
The Street CRED team arrived in Irving Road, Maybush, on Thursday 25 October and got straight to work clearing graffiti, getting rid of rubbish and other fly-tipped waste, and giving the neighbourhood a good spruce up. Drains were unblocked, bin areas scrubbed with steam cleaners and bushes were trimmed, while the council's community safety team, the police and fire service chatted with residents to find out about issues in the area.
Pilots have been running at locations across Southampton this autumn and were well received. Evidence has shown that neighbourhoods that are well kept, cleaner and greener are also safer and less likely to attract crime - which makes a big difference to how residents feel about where they live and improves their quality of life.
Street CRED aims to raise awareness of the rights and responsibilities of residents and landlords around making their street a better and safer place to live. The scheme will join up local services and work with residents to make immediate improvements to a street while providing practical advice about environmental issues, crime prevention and home security so that these improvements can be sustained by the local community in the future.
Neighbourhoods have been chosen based on feedback from residents, which has helped to identify the parts of the city that would benefit the most from a day of joined-up action.
Pictured above: Cllrs Kaur and Furnell with some of the Street CRED team.
Find out more about Street CRED and the work being done to make our city a safer place to live at our Safer Southampton pages.
Look out for a Street CRED in your neighbourhood in the coming months. If you have an issue in your street which you would like us to investigate email firstname.lastname@example.org