Impact days make a difference
Published Friday, 11 December 2020
Organisations and agencies have come together for impact days to work for a safe, pleasant place for communities.
The latest impact day took place in Penge on Wednesday. Under the initiative, the council joins forces with partners like the police, Clarion Housing and other multi-agency organisations with the long-term aim of reducing or stopping crime and the negative impact it has on the community. The initiative is supported by the council and Safer Bromley Partners with funding by Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).
Mottingham recently benefited from this approach. Aside from environmental improvements on the day which produced a total amount of waste of almost 3 tonnes plus a stolen motorcycle, the amount of graffiti that was cleared totalled 44m² or 473² feet.
Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said “Our intention as a partnership is to not only improve the visual appearance of our local communities but to tackle any concerns or underlying problems taking place and to disrupt any illegal behaviour.”
Councillor Lymer continued, “This means we may visit the addresses of households that are causing a nuisance in the neighbourhood, or we may visit someone who is feeling particularly vulnerable to offer them reassurance and practical advice on how we can tackle a problem together.”
Teams work side by side to reduce anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping, graffiti and abandoned vehicles also unlawful benefit claims, property theft and other criminal activity. This multi-agency, co-ordinated approach benefits the local community while also sending a clear message to those committing the crimes that such anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
Impact days take place once a month across the borough in local communities and future impact days are due to take place soon.
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