Bedford Borough is to benefit from funding for local Safer Streets projects.
The Home Office funding is for specific projects that reduce the risk of violence against women and girls, reduce criminal activity in local hotspots and create safer places for everyone.
The funding will support a project to improve visibility and lighting for four areas in Bedford. CCTV will be installed and monitored to provide reassurance and reduce antisocial behaviour. Police data was used to identify the areas, these are:
- The footpath from Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh Temple, leading along the river to the Prebend Street Bridge
- Ford End Road from the Guru Nanak Gurdwara to the railway bridge
- Tavistock Street, plus adjacent areas of Boswell Pace and the alleyway beside Queen Street Car Park
- The Ampthill Road hospital bus stop seating and the alleyway between Victoria Road and Edward Road
The design stages are now complete and work is planned to start on 7th November and be completed by Christmas.
Mayor Dave Hodgson, said, “Bedford Borough Council are taking safety seriously, I am pleased we can provide extra security for these four areas. We will continue to work with partners to further reduce criminal activity and provide safer streets for all.”
Further information on the local Safer Streets initiatives can be found at www.bedford.gov.uk/saferstreets. This includes signposting to key partners who can help support those affected by crime or have concerns for their safety.