Community Trust Housing (CTH) has unveiled Stockwell Park as the first London estate to benefit from a CitySafe Haven.
CitySafe is a community campaign led by action group London Citizens to tackle crime and reconnect fractured neighbourhoods. The campaign involves local shopkeepers and business owners opening their premises as CitySafe Havens – places of safety for people in immediate danger. Staff working at CitySafe Haven pledge to report all crimes to the police.
On Wednesday, August 1st, the CTH office on Stockwell Road became the first London estate to benefit from a CitySafe Haven when it was formally opened by Delroy Rankin, Director of CTH, which is part of the Network Housing Group. Sergeant Jack Rowlands and Inspector Andy Briers attended on behalf of the Metropolitan Police and the Ferndale Safer Neighbourhoods Team, along with 30 local young people who are training to become CitySafe Champions with London Citizens.
The scheme is currently in place at Stockwell Park during CTH office hours and will help young people in the area feel safer, especially during the afternoon when returning from school, which is a time when young people may experience difficulty.
During the launch Delroy Rankin shared the plans for Stockwell Park, which is currently five years into an extensive regeneration project, to eventually include a 24 hour “safe zone.”
Mr Rankin added: “Safety on our streets is a responsibility we all share. It is vital that communities, such as ours at Stockwell Park, stand united with the police and other agencies in order to reduce crime within our neighbourhoods. The London Citizens’ CitySafe Campaign is an effective, practical way to do this and one which I am sure will be embraced by the local community.
“We are now half way through our extensive regeneration of Stockwell Park and our priority is to continue to build on the many positive changes that have made Stockwell Park one of the safest wards within Lambeth. By embracing the CitySafe Campaign I believe we are building on this further and making Stockwell Park an even greater place to live.”
Chief Superintendent of Lambeth, Matt Bell said: “The MPS is committed to tackling violence and anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods. We give our thanks to Community Trust Housing, Stockwell Park Estate for becoming the first estate in London to become accredited to this campaign. We also thank the existing shop keepers and local business who have already committed to being a place of safety for anyone in distress and their pledge to report 100% crime.
“It is only through partnership working and excellent initiatives such as this community-led campaign, that we will make a positive difference in Lambeth.”
Tom Chigbo, London Citizens Lambeth Organiser said: “We congratulate Community Trust Housing for becoming a CitySafe Haven and showing such leadership in the housing sector. Our member communities in Lambeth are proud of their commitment to safety and look forward to working with them over the coming years, as Stockwell Park is redeveloped.
“We are grateful for the support of the Metropolitan Police and our Borough Commander Matt Bell. CitySafe shows that when communities, business and the police work together, we can make our streets safer.”
There are currently 25 CitySafe Havens in Lambeth, including Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Town Centre Police station and Joy on Coldharbour Lane. Throughout London there are 300 CitySafe Havens including City Hall, which was opened as the 200th CitySafe Haven by Mayor Boris Johnson in 2008.
The scheme is a London 2012 Inspire Mark project with the support of the Mayor and Lord Seb Coe, who have launched 100 Days of Peace to occur for 50 days before and after the Olympic Games.
NOTES TO EDITOR:
• Network Housing Group comprises six registered providers. The non asset-holding parent in the Group, Network Housing Group Limited, provides strategic leadership and co-ordination, development and corporate services to its six key subsidiary associations: Community Trust Housing, Mitali Housing Association, London Strategic Housing, Network Stadium Housing Association, Riversmead Housing Association, Willow Housing and Care. In addition, Solon Community Network provides independent resident consultancy for the Group. Altogether the Group owns and manages 17,000 homes, mostly in London and Hertfordshire.
• Community Trust Housing (CTH) is a community-based housing association that was set up in 2006 to take transfer of the councils' homes at Robsart Village and Stockwell Park estates and the associated street properties. Following a successful ballot of tenants the council transferred ownership of these homes to CTH in March 2007. CTH is independent of the council and part of Network Housing Group. It run by a voluntary board of management that develops CTH’s policies and monitors performance. The Board comprises of seven residents, four independents, one nominated Lambeth Council representative.
• Network Housing Group was listed at number 10 in Inside Housing’s list of the top 50 developing housing associations for completed developments in June 2012.
• Citizens UK is made up of affiliated Local Citizens organisations: London Citizens, Citizens:MK (in Milton Keynes), Nottingham Citizens and Citizens UK in Birmingham. Starting out as London Citizens in 1996, the campaign came to national prominence during the United Kingdom general election in 2010.
• Ferndale Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) in the local policing team for the area that work alongside partners and the community to identify and tackle issues of concern in their neighbourhood. Lambeth has 21 SNT’s. Their ward priorities are set by a local panel of members from the community. To find out more about the team or to attend a SNT public meeting visit their webpage; http://content.met.police.uk/Team/Lambeth/Ferndale
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