Street spring clean during Day of Action to battle anti-social behaviour

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A Bedford street will be given a spring clean this week during a Day of Action with support from a range of local groups and volunteers.

The Day of Action takes place on Gostwick Road on Friday, June 6 between 10am and 4pm and will also see action to address anti-social behaviour such as littering, dog fouling, graffiti, drug and alcohol misuse and other behaviour which may trouble local residents.

The day has been organised to include representatives from Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police, bpha, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and other community safety partners.

The aim is to give local people the opportunity to meet with community safety service providers and find out more about the services on offer.

Residents can also raise any specific community safety issues or concerns they have and discuss what can be done to tackle them.

Council officers will be carrying out a community clean-up which will include litter picking and graffiti removal.

Local police officers will be opening the mobile police station on the green outside the Gostwick Road shops. The station offers free crime prevention advice and the opportunity to meet local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and representatives.

Fire and Rescue Service personnel will also be on hand to provide fire safety and community safety advice for residents and local businesses, and taking practical steps to help reduce the risk of fire.

David Padgett from Victim Support, who is the chairman of the Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership, said: “The Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership works together to prevent and reduce crime and disorder throughout the year and across the borough.

“A Day of Action gives us the opportunity to concentrate on a particular street or estate and engage with local residents. We want to find out about the issues which are affecting them and find out how we can tackle them and improve the quality of life of people living across Bedford borough.”

Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, portfolio holder for community and regulatory services, said: “This day of action demonstrates just how much we can do when we all work together.

“The safety partnership works throughout the year and if anyone in other parts of the borough have any issues they would like to raise, I would urge them to get in contact as soon as possible.”