Council supports campaign to combat anti-social behaviour

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Eastbourne Borough Council is highlighting the work of a new town centre group as it lends its support to a national awareness campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB). 

This week’s ASB Awareness Week 2002 (July 18 to 22), launched by community safety organisation Resolve, aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB. 

Last month, Eastbourne Borough Council and Sussex Police set up a Town Centre Working Group aimed at improving the environment and cutting crime to make the town centre an even better place to visit and shop. 

The group meets twice weekly and is addressing issues such as hotspots for anti-social behaviour, flytipping, graffiti, problems related to empty properties and improving the condition of benches and other street furniture. 

Organisations involved are Eastbourne Business Crime Group, Eastbourne BID, Sussex Police, and Neighbourhood First and Environment First from Eastbourne Borough Council. 

The Town Centre Working group is chaired by Adam Godden, who is the council's Neighbourhood First Specialist Advisor for Business Crime. He said: “I have co-ordinated the Eastbourne Business Crime Group (EBCG) for the last eight years and since 2020we have grown our membership to the highest levels since it was established nearly 20 years ago - but not only has our membership grown, so have our key partners along with the good working relationship we have with them.  

“As well as Sussex Police and Eastbourne Borough Council, we now work closely with Your Eastbourne BID and the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, and these good relationships allow us to effectively pool our resources together to problem solve crimes that impact the businesses in our town, especially ASB. 

Councillor Rebecca Whippy, Cabinet member for Disabilities and Community Safety, added: “I am delighted that the newly-formed Town Centre Working Group is building upon already strong partnership working to bring benefits in tackling incidents of ASB.” 

In January, EBCG successfully bid for funding to provide radios to licensed premises that are part of the group’s Nightwatch scheme so they can communicate with each other about individuals that might be committing crime and, most importantly, highlight any concerns for vulnerable people. 

So far, 20 radios have been provided to venues across Eastbourne with a further three to be issued in the coming weeks. 

Additionally, EBCG has been tackling youth ASB which has resulted in an injunction being put in place against one offender and a reduction in these types of incidents. 

Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve, said: “We are delighted that Eastbourne Borough Council is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.” 

For more information about ASB Awareness Week – visit Resolve - ASB Awareness Week