Safety First! I will make it a top priority to get street lights on for longer hours in high crime areas.
When on the doorsteps, residents regularly bring up crime as one of their primary concerns. There are issues of drug dealing, anti-social behaviour across the ward and residents are, understandably, nervous about walking in the dark.
Currently street lights are switched off on side roads and non-major routes between the hours of midnight and 5:30am. I believe this is a public safety risk especially during the winter months when people will be walking back from town late at night in darkness.
As County Councillor I will work with the County Council to look at specific areas of Westgate and St Margaret’s where you have asked us to consider having street lights on for longer at night. We want to ensure that all residents feel safe walking the streets and in their homes.
Public safety is always our number one priority and it is imperative we take action. – Chris Chambers.
To tackle crime in the area, we are already talking to charities, the police and Tim Passmore, the Police and Crime Commissioner, to see what more can be done.
I will ensure that real action is taken and will deliver on our pledges to you.