SNP Government funding ensures safer streets in Falkirk
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:20
The late night streets of Falkirk were a safer place to be over the most recent festive period as the town’s ‘Safer Streets’ project was shown to be a big hit with businesses, emergency services and with the public.
Funding for the 'Safer Streets' service was received from Scottish Government and amounted to £14,000 in 2010/11.
At a meeting of Falkirk Council’s Environment and Community Safety Committee held on Tuesday, a summary of the activities undertaken by Safer Streets in the run up to Christmas was highlighted:
- A late night taxi-marshalling service;
- Dedicated police support in and around the safe zone areas;
- A ‘Safe Base’ helping injured and vulnerable individuals with support, treatment and advice;
- A festive Policing operation dedicated to reduce alcohol disorder and;
- Detached youth workers out between 7pm and 10pm.
Councillor Angus MacDonald, SNP Candidate for Falkirk East said:
"All credit to the SNP Government who not only supplied the funding for this over and above the generous overall settlement to Falkirk Council but has also introduced policies such as the 1000 additional police officers who have made our streets safer and resulted in the loweat crime rates for over 30 years."
The scheme has run in the town centre for the past four years and is a multi-agency partnership led by Falkirk Council and including representatives from other organisations including Central Scotland Police; the British Red Cross and Forth Valley NHS. Its aim is to create a safe and enjoyable town centre at night and ensure potential opportunities for alcohol related disorder are managed and diffused.