North Birkenhead Safer Streets project update

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North Birkenhead Safer Streets project update

Post by Wirral Council News » Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:56 am

Despite the challenges brought by 2020, the North Birkenhead Safer Streets project has continued to move forward as part of a collaboration between Wirral Council and Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner.

The project aims to reduce crime in the area by installing preventative measures such as alleygating, street lighting, CCTV and home security, alongside community engagement and partnership with local agencies.

In July 2020, it was awarded £550,000 by the Home Office to invest in these measures in the area, which has seen an increase in burglaries and other acquisitive crime in recent years. The funding was secured following a successful bid by the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner.

It will also complement an ambitious, multi-million pound regeneration plan announced by Wirral Council - aimed at boosting the local economy and transforming the area which includes Birkenhead town centre, as well as revitalising the historic market with new housing, employment, leisure and infrastructure around Birkenhead docklands.

Merseyside Police has also launched Operation Shepherd for the festive period: a force-wide campaign to tackle crime over Christmas and New Year. This includes burglary, robbery, sexual assault, domestic abuse, anti-social behaviour, drink or drug driving, and flouting of COVID-19 regulations. 

Safer Streets: end of year update

All Safer Streets projects are projected to be delivered by 31 March 2021.

Community Engagement

Using the contacts made supporting businesses through lockdown, the St James Community Centre (hosting the Community Police Station and North Birkenhead Development Trust) was confirmed as the hub to distribute Home Security products to residents.

Youths within the community have been engaged through a school meals programme, while Wirral Council’s Sports Development team is engaging young people though initiatives at two North Birkenhead Community Centres, three primary schools, and one high school.

Zoom and Facebook events have taken place to raise awareness on social media, and each acquisitive crime arrest in the area is announced on Twiter. 

Cleansing days

Replacing the community-based 'action days’ due to COVID-19 restrictions, cleansing days are carried out by an external service provider who works to Environmental Health specifications prioritised by the Safer Streets community. Priority areas are based on community intelligence. 

Home security and crime prevention

Home security items are being delivered to residents via the St James Hub through the community organisations and the fire service's Street Intervention Team.

Alleygates

All 70 existing alleygates in the Safer Streets catchment have been surveyed and repaired as necessary.

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) has been issued and will be in force from 21 December 2020. Of the 900 businesses and residents consulted on the PSPO, three made serious negative representations, and these have now been resolved. 

Thirty six new alleygate locations have been agreed and fenceposts will be set in place by the end of December. Signage will also be added to both raise awareness of the initiative and reassure residents.

Street Lighting

New LEDs will be installed in all main roads. The final quantity will be agreed and the order placed by the end of December. Over 100 LED light heads for main roads (8m columns) will be installed by mid-February 21.

CCTV  

Seven CCTV locations have been agreed and will be installed by February 2021. Five existing CCTVs will also be upgraded from analogue to digital, and cameras will be replaced for state of the art technology.

CCTV infrastructure

All infrastructure has been agreed and specified and is being ordered by the service provider during December.

The new Emergency Control room is in development - decoration and furnishing is near completion, and should be operational by the end of February 2021.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Tue, 22 Dec 2020 www.wirral.gov.uk

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