Jan 2 2014 by Hattie Coyne, Skelmersdale Advertiser
PEOPLE living in Castlehey, Skelmersdale, can meet with West Lancashire Borough Council, police and fire service officers at a Community Action and Engagement Day on Thursday, January 9.
West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is organising the event with the aim of reducing crime and the fear of crime as well as providing support on a range of community safety-related issues and services.
Offensive graffiti will be removed from a site in Castlehey, and agencies including Lancashire County Council, the Community Payback Team and the borough council will assess if they can make environmental improvements to the area that will reduce crime and the fear of crime.
They will also be looking to see what other environmental schemes they can do in the area, whether properties can be secured or whether there is any waste that can be removed.
Action will also be taken to remove waste from the area which could be used for criminal damage or to start fires.
Dave Tilleray, West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership chairman, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to organise this event. We have already done some work around Castlehey and other initiatives are planned for the area which we believe will improve the quality of life of the local community.”
Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for community safety, said: “Community action days have been a big success in other areas and I would encourage people living in Castlehey to get involved.”
Members of the local community will be able to speak with officers from Community Safety Partnership agencies about local issues.
These include the borough council’s Environmental Enforcement Team, Street Scene Services, and the Estate Management Team, as well as Lancashire Fire and Rescue, Lancashire Police, Community Payback, Discover Drug and Alcohol Services and A1 Properties.
Lancashire Police will be giving their full support and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is aiming to speak to tenants and residents about the safe storage of their wheelie bins and will be offering free home fire safety checks.
Community Safety Partnership members have already taken a look around Castlehey to see what work can be done.
The borough council worked with the county council to install vandal resistant lighting in the area around the shops. The borough council will also liaise with Lancashire County Council to look at opportunities to improve the lighting for the underpass from Castlehey to Cherrycroft.
The police will join forces with other Community Safety Partnership members to continue the good work being done to deter crime and promote public confidence.