While tackling crime is primarily a police responsibility, there are powers the council has to tackle anti-social behaviour, street drinking, littering and other minor crimes, in collaboration with the police, helping people feel safer and more willing to visit our town centres.
To make the most of these powers, a Labour council will:
- Expand our participation in White Ribbon Day and work with other agencies to highlight and prevent domestic violence and coercive control and lobby to provide more resources for women experiencing domestic violence;
- Work with other agencies to help reduce violent crime, especially knife crime;
- Continue to co-ordinate and participate in inter-agency community safety initiatives, including the Safer Hastings Partnership, Hate Crime Partnership, and Multi-Agency Task Teams;
Work with the police to enforce Public Space Protection Orders to prevent littering, street drinking and anti-social behaviour, while linking this to mental health and other support services that offer help to those with alcohol or drug addiction problems;
- Ensure cycling and pedestrian provisions, especially in shared spaces, are safe and comply with recognised good practice to improve the experience for cyclists and pedestrians, especially in the Town Centre.
- Use our Licensing Policy to restrict the proliferation of off-licences in town centres, while encouraging responsible licensees to develop the town’s evening economy with good restaurants and other licensed premises;
- Continue the ‘Reduce the Strength’ campaign to encourage off-licences not to stock high-strength beers and cider;