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Parish councils participate in community safety workshop

Author: Eleanor Roberts Published: 2nd December 2017 11:40
Parish councils participate in community safety workshopParish councils participate in community safety workshop
Representatives from parish councils across the district gathered together on Thursday, 23 November 2017 to take part in a community safety workshop.

The workshop, organised by the community safety partnership made up of Daventry District Council and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) alongside the police, NACRE (Northamptonshire Action with Communities in Rural England), Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and NDAS (Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service) was designed to help raise awareness and educate attendees on how to approach a number of issues that might affect their community.

The subjects covered included; rural crime, crime prevention, adult and child safeguarding, anti-social behaviour, road safety, emergency planning and community resilience, and domestic abuse.

Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing, said: “It’s important that we are all aware of what’s happening in the communities around us. Bad things do happen and we need to ensure that, should the worst occur, all communities are in a strong position to respond.

“We all need to play our part in making sure our communities are protected, however small or remote, so it’s encouraging that so many came along to the event to learn more.

”It’s vital that we maintain this dialogue with parish and town councils, and we welcome their valuable input on these issues.”

There were around 50 parish council representatives from across the district, all looking to learn how they can do more to help their communities.

Digby Carter, chairman of Cold Higham Parish Council, said of the event: “I found the workshop organised by SNC to be very useful, and it certainly opened my eyes to a lot of issues that we, as residents and representatives, should be aware of.”

In addition, Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing, Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment, Cllr Phil Bignell, SNC’s portfolio holder for ICT, HR and governance, Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of SNC and police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, also attended the event.

For more information on community safety visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/info/7/environment/230/community-safety
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