We have secured funding to enhance safety at Greenhead and Crow Nest parks
Greenhead Park in Huddersfield and Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury will benefit from a £46,000 investment from the government’s Safer Streets Fund to make them safer.
We will work with partners and ‘Friends of’ groups to draw up plans. The plans aim to stop offences from happening in the first place and reduce safety fears – particularly for women and girls. In addition, it’s hoped work would also encourage more women’s groups to use the spaces.
What could the plans include?
Plans could include improving the look and feel of the parks and the cutting back of vegetation to increase visibility. In addition, improved lighting, better signage, or training and mentoring for crime prevention activities could be included.
Who secured the funding?
West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Kirklees Council, and West Yorkshire Police made a successful partnership bid for the funding. Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, co-ordinated the bid. A total of £655,000 has been secured for the county, £46,000 of which has been allocated to Kirklees.
Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities said,
“Following the successful bid for funding I am pleased we will be able to make enhancements to Greenhead Park and Crow Nest Park. The funding will ensure they are welcoming places, with spaces where everyone feels safe.
“The safety of everyone using our parks is always an absolute priority. Officers from Safer Kirklees and West Yorkshire Police walk through the parks regularly to support this.
“Fortunately, incidents in our parks are rare, but nevertheless anything we can do to enhance crime prevention and the feeling of safety. Especially for women and girls, is greatly valued and this funding will go a long way to achieving that.
“We are looking forward to working with our partners and the ‘Friends of’ groups to ensure any potential ‘hotspots’ are identified and appropriate work is carried out.
“This work will leave a legacy of insights. We can apply the insights to future design or redevelopment of our public spaces for crime prevention and improved safety.
“Sadly, the national picture shows women and girls are disproportionately likely to experience certain types of crimes, like sexual and verbal harassment. So, as well as the improvements we’re making in public spaces, I’d also like to remind women of the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign which many of our town centre evening entertainment venues are supporting.
If you feel unsafe on a night out whilst in one of these venues, you can approach staff and ask for ‘Angela’. They will discreetly help you out of the situation.”
The Safer Street Fund has a particular emphasis. The emphasis is on measures that will increase the safety of women and girls in public spaces.
Tracy Brabin commented:
“Improving the safety of women and girls is a fundamental pledge of mine. In addition, as that of my Deputy for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe. I am absolutely thrilled that we have been able to secure this substantial funding.
“In addition, I would like to thank West Yorkshire Police, the local authorities and women and girl groups for all their work on the bids in conjunction with my office. I look forward to working together to deliver them.”
Do you feel unsafe in a public space?
Anyone who feels unsafe in a public space can report it on StreetSafe. StreetSafe is an online mapping tool that allows people to flag areas where they don’t feel safe and say why. Go to www.police.uk/streetsafe