Langney welcomes ‘payback’

The Eastbourne Crime Reduction Partnership at Langney Shopping Centre in early December.
The Eastbourne Crime Reduction Partnership at Langney Shopping Centre in early December.
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LANGNEY enjoyed a makeover at a recent Quality Streets event.

The Eastbourne Crime Reduction Partnership took its Quality Streets initiative to Langney Shopping Centre in early December.

Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, Borough Council Community Enforcement, Environmental Health and Dog Warden, Eastbourne Homes, Amicus Horizon, Neighbourhood Watch and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Team provided help and advice on all aspects of community safety to people using the centre.

A team from Community Payback worked to clear litter, overgrowth and general rubbish from alleyways in Pensford Drive, Bathford Close, Freshford Close and Hide Hollow under the supervision of Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust as they serve their punishment and make amends to the community.

The large amount of household waste that they cleared included sofas, old bikes and a fridge which were removed from the area by Eastbourne Borough Council’s Cleansing Team.

Langney Neighbourhood Sergeant Ed Ripley said, “Representatives from a number of organisations were present to give advice to local residents.

“This was a great event and it was clear from the positive feedback received that we are getting it right in the community.

“The Community Payback Team did a great job on the day and the area looks much better as a result of their work.”

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Police Inspector Rachel Barrow said, “This was our second Quality Streets event in the Langney area and it was very well received.

“Dozens of residents took the opportunity to talk to us about a wide range of subjects, not just about crime and anti-social behaviour, but litter, noise and other issues that cause anxiety.

“We were able to interest many residents in Neighbourhood Watch and encouraged more residents to take part in the local Neighbourhood Panel.”

The partnership will hold a Quality Streets event every month throughout the year across Eastbourne - in addition to the day-to-day work that partners undertake.

The next event will be held at Community Wise in Old Town on January 18.

If you feel the area where you live would benefit from being included in the initiative, speak to your local PCSO or contact the Crime Reduction Partnership office on 415346 or send an email to crime.reduction@eastbourne.gov.uk