18 Sep Basildon’s Together for Safer Communities public meetings back this week
This Thursday night, Basildon Council will be holding the first of the reintroduced Together for Safer Communities public meetings in an effort to provide community reassurance and promote crime prevention advice and materials.
The Together for Safer Communities meetings are led by Councillor Kerry Smith, Chairman of the Housing and Communities Committee, with the next meeting being held at the Castlemayne Pub, The Knares, Basildon on Thursday 19 September from 7pm to 9pm.
The meetings aim to give residents the opportunity to discuss their community safety issues and concerns as well as pick up free crime prevention materials like property and bike marking kits, vehicle crime packs, number plate screws, personal alarms, credit card defenders, purse dipping bells and ‘No Cold Calling’ stickers.
Essex Watch and Neighbourhood Watch will be present at the meetings to encourage residents to become involved in their local groups and other such schemes.
Cllr Kerry Smith, said: “Back in 2017 when I held the first Together for Safer Communities meeting in Nethermayne – it was packed and standing room only and I hope to replicate that this week.
“Any of us that are members of local Facebook groups know that community safety and crime concerns are daily online conversations and I hope that residents take the opportunity to continue these discussions offline and pick up lots of free crime prevention materials.
“I was keen to reintroduce these meetings where there is support of the local ward councillors to promote and be involved – so I hope we will see a packed calendar of events over the next year.”
Together for Safer Communities meeting calendar so far:
Thursday 19 September 2019 7pm to 9pm
Castlemayne, The Knares, Basildon SS16 5RZ
Langdon Hills Ward
Monday 23 September 2019 7pm to 9pm
Royal British Legion Hall, The Triangle, Langdon Hills, Basildon SS16 6HG
Pitsea South East Ward
Thursday 10 October 2019 7pm to 9pm
The Place Leisure Centre, Northlands Pavement, Pitsea, Basildon, SS13 3DU
Pitsea South East Ward
Tuesday 15 October 2019 7pm to 9pm
Crown Community Centre, Crest Avenue, Pitsea SS13 2EF
St. Martins Ward
Monday 30 March 2020 7pm to 9pm
Barstable Community Centre, Long Riding, Basildon SS14 1PD