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Work to fight crime in Hillfields starts this month following £550,000 funding

Earlier this year we told you that a £550,000 Safer Streets Fund grant was awarded to Hillfields in Coventry to help fight crime in the area.

The Safer Streets Fund is a £25million Government initiative which was secured by the Police and Crime Commission for the West Midlands to cut crime and improve safety.

The fund will see us working closely with Coventry City Council and the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team to improve community safety in Hillfields.

There are several improvements works taking place in Hillfields throughout November and December 2020 to help reduce crime in the area.

These include:

  • Adding additional and upgrading the existing street lighting around Paul Stacey House, Douglas House and Pioneer House to increase visibility
  • Upgrading existing and installing new CCTV in the Paul Stacey House car park and at the rear of Hillfields House
  • Environmental work to reduce the height of the trees at the rear of Paul Stacey House and Hillfields House to make people feel safer and to allow for more natural light
  • Work to Village Square which includes the removal of planters
  • Crime prevention workshops for customers and security packs to improve the security of their homes.

Our Director of Housing Peter Gill said: “It’s great news for us and our customers that work is starting to happen with the Hillfields Safer Streets Fund.

“£550,000 is the maximum grant available. I’m really pleased that the Government is acknowledging and acting on the problems we have with crime in Hillfields and are committed to helping us improve community safety.

“I’m certain our customers will welcome the news when they receive an update from us on the project this week. I look forward to keeping you all informed as the project develops.”

This week we are distributing a leaflet to the 740 homes we own and manage in Hillfields to inform customers of the work happening as part of the Safer Streets Fund project.

Take a look at our leaflet here.

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