Next community day for York Road

Published Tuesday, 3rd January 2017


Southend Community Safety Partnership (SCSP) is to hold another day of community action in York Road, Southend–on-Sea, in the New Year.

As part of the ‘Operation Stonegate’ initiative, a 12 hour ‘Community Day’ will be held on Wednesday 4th January between 10am and 10pm, bringing together a number statutory authorities, partners and support agencies. The days are designed to support the residents of York Road.

The New Year event follows the first ‘Community Day’ held on Tuesday 29th November where a variety of council services and partner agencies carried out extensive activity, including providing advice, information and support to residents and targeting enforcement issues where they existed.

Council officers will be attending from the following teams:

  • Private sector housing
  • Regulatory services
  • Waste management and Recycling
  • Make Southend Sparkle
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Public Health
  • CCTV
  • South Essex Homes

Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Service will also be present, as will BID Rangers, Street Pastors, Family Mosaic and South East Alliance of Landlords (SEAL). A litter pick will also be carried out through the day in partnership with Essex Community Rehabilitation.

Free micro-chipping will be offered to dog owners, supporting a recent change in the law that means all owners must have their dogs microchipped and their records kept up to date. Domestic Violence support services will also be offered through SOS Dove Project, as there is typically a rise in rates of domestic violence at this time of year.

Cllr Mark Flewitt, Executive Councillor for Public Protection, says: “The first Community Day led by the SCSP was a real success with many agencies spending time with the residents of York Road, engaging and discussing solutions to any concerns they may have. I am very pleased to see the next event taking place so soon after.

“The Operation Stonegate initiative, developed by the SCSP aims to address some of the social issues in the locality together with crime and disorder, and so again there will be a range of services for people to talk to and receive advice and information from, including the private sector housing team, waste management, South Essex Homes and Essex Police.”

Inspector Bill Potter from Essex Police, says: “York Road has many challenges and it is currently the residential street of greatest demand to statutory authorities. There are some very happy well established and long-term residents, but it is also a transient environment accommodating many vulnerabilities.

“We would like to support the more responsible residents by improving their living environment; help the more vulnerable with appropriate services and apply the right enforcement pressure to those who contribute to crime and disorder. Operation Stonegate is a joint approach to these issues borne out of the Community Safety Partnership and involving statutory authorities, landlords and other outreach services.”      

Simon Ford, Community Safety Manager for SCSP says: “We feel that it is important to keep up the momentum in this area and follow on from the success of the first day to support the residents of York Road through a range of support services and targeted enforcement action.

“This second day of action will see a number of agencies under the Southend Community Safety Partnership (CSP) banner come together to tackle some of the current challenges that residents and businesses in York Rd have experienced in the last few months.”

The third Community Day will take place on Tuesday 28th February 2017.