On the 16th January a number of local groups joined forces with the Southend Community Safety Partnership to engage with the community and businesses on a variety of issues. This is the second time this type of event has been run in Leigh, and after last year’s success it was decided that this kind of community engagement is incredibly beneficial.
Members from HARP, Essex Police, Volunteer Southend, Street Pastors, Southend Borough Council and Leigh-on-Sea Town Council and others all took part in the day.
#OpLeigh Leigh was made a priority area following challenges identified in and around surrounding residential streets. Activities that were carried out on the day included:
The public were asked to rank issues that concerned them most, the top 5 were: 1. Drug taking/dealing 2. Burglary 3. Homelessness 4. Dog fouling 5. Vehicle Crime
Leigh Town Clerk Helen Symmons said: “Leigh Town Councillors were delighted to be a part of the recent community safety partnership day – Op Leigh. As in 2019, it was day for the police, Southend Borough Council, Leigh Town Council and other agencies to come together speaking to businesses and residents about issues and whether they feel safe in the town. A real sense of community was the overall feeling from the day and Councillors intend to liaise with the Police to keep the community informed on the key issues that came out of the day.”
We’ll bring you updates throughout the year on initiatives and actions based on these findings.