Safer Norwich – Community safety and tackling anti-social behaviour

Everyone has the right to peace of mind, free from anti-social behaviour, crime, and disturbance. Labour knows that it is often the most vulnerable and poorest in our community who suffer the most from crime. Getting serious about community safety has been a cornerstone of Labour’s delivery in City Hall since 2006. We will maintain and expand it, despite the Tory government cuts to the police and the huge impact of organised crime moving into the city through ‘County Lines’ drug-dealing activities.

A Labour City Council will:

  1. Continue to deliver upon our Community Safety Fund to help residents make their communities better, safer places to live; possible uses of the fund include help with the fitting and repair of alley gates and support in the formation of residents’ associations to help build and enhance community cohesion.
  1. Continue to expand CCTV across all communities in our city. Build on earlier success through the £500,000 upgrade, to deliver state of the art CCTV in the city centre and communities which make up the city. This will help to continue make Norwich safer. Labour will also continue to invest in re-locatable CCTV, to be used in areas of the city which experience most crime or anti-social behaviour.

 

  1. Work to make the city a safer, more inclusive, and welcoming place by promoting equality and diversity. Provide support, advice, and events for members of our community with protected characteristics. Combating hate crime is a priority for Labour, a party which has proudly resisted discrimination both in government and at grass-roots level.

 

  1. Tackle domestic abuse through working with partners across both the statutory and voluntary sectors to provide additional safe houses for victims of abuse, one which is guaranteed for victims who have no recourse to public funds.
  1. Continue to support residents through tackling anti-social behaviour in our communities, allowing people to live peacefully in their homes without fear. We will continue to work with Norfolk Constabulary to tackle drug dealing, domestic abuse, “county lines” and child sexual exploitation, modern slavery and crime and disorder in the city.

 

  1. We will continue to enforce tenancy agreements through the court system and seek immediate possession of properties where tenants have been convicted of possession of drugs with intent to supply. We will not tolerate violent County Line gangs operating from our council homes, disrupting the lives of people in our community.

 

  1. Continue to support proposals which will reduce the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals to £2.00. We have completely rewritten our licensing policies to ensure their relevance – this includes detailed profiling of wards to help anyone who wants to make their views known. We will help protect the public and reduce problem gambling.

 

  1. Continue to lobby for streetlights to be turned back on by Norfolk County Council and improve lighting in spaces that we have responsibility for in Norwich.

 

  1. Continue to implement our 12-point plan to make the night-time economy safer and more pleasant for those using it and for those living in the area. Maintain our Purple Flag status award through our close work with the police and Business Improvement District.

 

  1. Help to tackle the problem of noise nuisance through our digital ‘Noise App’ – allowing residents to download a free app, record the disturbance and report it directly to us for action.

 

  1. Operation Clean Norwich – an educational campaign encouraging residents and visitors to do the right thing themselves and to be our eyes and ears to help us to prosecute those who do not care about the environment of our fine city. Fly-tipping, littering and graffiti will be prosecuted using existing powers and we will launch a city wide multi agency partnership with a dedicated email address and telephone line. Regular awareness events with communications through our Citizen magazine and online.

 

  1. We will work with residents to prevent fly-tipping in their communities and identify culprits on a new ‘Wall of Shame’ webpage and fortnightly video appeals. Videos will feature CCTV footage from some of our city fly-tipping hotspots and ask residents to help name and shame those responsible.

 

  1. The student population in Norwich is large, mobile, and hard to reach on certain civic issues such as housing, waste management and being a good neighbour. We will work in partnership with students, the universities in the city and the Police to create an app that will be attractive, easy to use and relevant. “Norwich Student Life” will provide a quick and easy method for students to access practical assistance immediately, including providing them with a map of safe night-time routes, calling taxi firms and also providing practical content for support in mental health, sexual health and drug and alcohol matters in a safe secure and personal environment whilst also giving the council the ability to send out notifications to students with important messages.

 

  1. Tackle untidy gardens, eyesores, and nuisances in local neighbourhoods.

 

  1. Take tough and effective action against licensed premises that flout their conditions by allowing underage drinking or fostering anti-social behaviour.

 

  1. Support and encourage Pubwatch and work with Police to bar anyone convicted of an alcohol-related offence from all licensed premises until we receive clear evidence of rehabilitation and behaviour change. We will also promote Betwatch to monitor the increasing number of gambling outlets in the city.

 

  1. We will continue to play our part in the Police and Crime Panel in scrutinising the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner with regard to the safety of our citizens.

 

  1. Emergency Planning – continue to provide a robust framework to deal with the unexpected, working in partnership with other agencies to provide the safest outcomes for Norwich and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

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