Quality day for Harbour residents

Quality Streets event at the harbour
Quality Streets event at the harbour

SOVEREIGN Harbour provided a backdrop to the latest Community Safety Partnership Quality Streets event which was held on the viewing platform at Sovereign Harbour on Tuesday, June 7.

Residents braved the bracing sea breeze to take the opportunity to talk to officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Community Enforcement and Environmental Health, East Sussex County Council Trading Standards as well as Neighbourhood Watch and the local neighbourhood panel and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s Home Safety Team about issues that concerned them.

The event started at noon and continued until 4pm during which time officers from various organisations called at residents’ homes to ask about community and home safety.

Fire and rescue staff were available to check smoke alarms and make appointments to fit new ones to properties free of charge.

Eastbourne Borough Commander for the fire and rescue service Julie Gilbert-King said, “Quality Streets provides the partnership with an excellent opportunity to find out at first hand what the issues are that concern residents and makes people anxious.

“The service aims to ensure that working smoke alarms are fitted to as many residences as possible and we are keen to reach every household with vulnerable people living on their own.

“People can call us directly or give us details of neighbours, friends or family whom they believe would benefit from a visit by a Home Safety Advisor. This is a free service aimed at reducing the possibility of injuries in the event of a fire.”

Anyone who feels the area where they live would benefit from being included in the initiative should speak to your local PCSO or contact the Community Safety Partnership office on 415346 or email crime.reduction@eastbourne.gov.uk