Groups meet to discuss safety in Eastbourne

Community safety event in Eastbourne. From left: Mark Streater, Ch Insp Rosie Ross and Cllr Bill Bentley. SUS-160520-132400001
Community safety event in Eastbourne. From left: Mark Streater, Ch Insp Rosie Ross and Cllr Bill Bentley. SUS-160520-132400001

Police, councils and residents groups from around Sussex met in Eastbourne this week to discuss plans for community safety.

More than 100 people gathered at the Winter Garden on Tuesday (May 17) to share information and discuss the main issues affecting vulnerable adults, young people and the wider community.

The event, organised by on behalf of the East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership Board, was designed to gather views for the area’s annual strategic assessment of community safety.

Chairman of the partnership Cllr Bill Bentley said, “Community safety is such an important issue that we wanted to get the involvement of as many partners as possible, to benefit from their expertise and experience.

“The insight we gain from events such as this will allow us to plan the work we do with partners in the future so that we can better co-ordinate our resources to tackle the community safety issues which are of real concern to people.

“I’m pleased to say that the event was a big success and has helped with priorities for keeping safe in East Sussex.

“This work will continue and we want to get the views of as many partners as possible to help us focus our work on the most important areas. We’ll be holding another similar community safety event in the county later this year.”

The event was attended by a number of professional groups including; East Sussex County Council’s children’s and adult social care teams, mental health services, district and borough councils, housing and voluntary sector representatives, police and fire services, victim support and local businesses.

The event included presentations of a restorative justice project in St Leonards, a British Values DVD produced by St Richards Catholic College and talks by the Sussex Elders’ Commission.

Chief Insp Rosie Ross, partnerships manager for the Safer East Sussex Team said, “It is imperative that we work together to understand and tackle the issues that cause the most harm to our communities.

“This event was a wonderful opportunity to hear expert knowledge from many different partners and those working in the community about what they feel the current or emerging issues or threats are.”

People can find out more about the work of the Safer Communities Partnership at

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