New project seeking input

Our place project will start with a workshop on September 9 SUS-140309-135742001
Our place project will start with a workshop on September 9 SUS-140309-135742001

Town centre residents will get their say on noise pollution and anti-social behaviour after a new project was set up.

Our Place will run its first workshop on Thursday September 11 and locals are being encouraged to attend and give their views as to how they would like the problem to be dealt with.

Most problems are reported to police but Eastbourne Borough Council wants to assist in preventing the problem before it becomes an issue.

“Noise and anti-social behaviour have shown to be the highest reported problems facing residents in the town centre,” said Zoe Carroll, Our Place’s project co-ordinator.

“This is supported by calls to both Eastbourne Borough Council and the Police.

“The project is aiming to ask residents for their views on what can be done to enhance the local agency response to noise and other anti-social behaviour issues.

“This is not necessarily to solve the problem but looking to how police, residents and housing providers can work together more.

“Problems naturally get passed straight to police but the council should be more involved.

“We are hoping that we can help with low-level incidents that people don’t think warrant police intervention but still needs to be dealt with.”

Ideas are already being floated. The council are looking into the possibility of creating a dedicated website and an out-of-hours phone number.

All views are welcomed at that meeting.

“The views expressed in this workshop will be fed back to the agencies involved and new strategies for dealing with problems will be developed,” Ms Carroll added.

Initially the project will be confined to the town centre only.

If it is successful, it can be rolled out to the rest of Eastbourne, while it could also be put in place for the rest of Sussex.

The meeting will start at 1pm at the council offices in 1, Grove Road.

Anybody is welcome to attend the workshop to air their views and to give their opinion on how best to tackle the problems of anti-social behaviour.