Community safety priorities
Feedback from almost 1,000 residents on priorities for fighting crime and improving community safety in 2015 has confirmed that Boston Borough Council was right to be among the first in the country to introduce tougher new street-drinking rules.
Drinking in public places and associated issues were highlighted as being among the major concerns of residents in Boston borough.
Nearly 1,000 residents across the borough, East Lindsey and South Holland have given their views on crime and community safety to help shape the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership's priorities for 2015. Young people in particular have been keen to share their views with nearly half the respondents aged 16-24. One lucky resident from Skegness even won themselves £30 in vouchers.
In Boston borough a quarter of residents are most worried about being a victim of anti-social behaviour. Littering, and drinking in public places are issues that residents believe to be a big problem.
It is anticipated that the new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that is being introduced in January will address the street drinking issue, and this should have a knock-on effect of reducing litter such as discarded cans and bottles and other debris left by those drinking in public.
A quarter of respondents feel less safe than they did 12 months ago. This was again linked to seeing people drinking in public which can be intimidating. The partnership hopes that the new PSPO will also help to make people feel safer over the coming months.
The partnership values the views of local residents and considers these carefully alongside crime data to decide what to prioritise.
Councillor Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for community safety at Boston Borough Council, said: "It is encouraging to know that so many of our residents took part in the survey. We really value their comments and they can be assured that we really are guided by what they have told us.
"In particular, it is refreshing to see that so many younger people have given their views. Concerns in Boston regarding drinking in public places and littering demonstrate that the council has been correct in pushing ahead to be among the first in the country to introduce tough new rules governing street drinking."
The priorities will be agreed at a meeting of the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership in February 2015. A report containing the survey results is available at www.boston.gov.uk
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