28 Jul 2020
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn has been successful in securing funding of £195,673 from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund to work with local community safety partners in Carmarthenshire to tackle crime in the Ty Isha and Glanymor areas of Llanelli, with the aim of making both communities safer.
The Safer Streets Fund aims to stop offences that blight communities and cause misery to victims from happening in the first place.
Both Ty Isha and Glanymor areas are considered to be two of the most deprived areas in Carmarthenshire according to the Welsh Government’s Index of Multiple Deprivation. The funding secured will focus on tackling all acquisitive crime such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery within the identified areas.
The money will go towards measures proven to cut crime, and will include employing two Community Wardens; purchase of SelectaDNA kits, Community crime prevention activity support, Environmental improvements and Community Crime Prevention kits.
Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys said, “I am delighted by the announcement that the Home Office have supported our ‘Safer Streets’ bid for Llanelli, this is extremely positive news for residents of the communities of both Ty Isha, Glanymor and the surrounding area. I have invested significantly in the area over recent years with community grants I made available in addition to the new CCTV system that is in place across the town. This new additional funding will further build upon my work over recent years and I hope the residents will feel a positive difference in their communities.
Ensuring the security and safety of residents is a priority of mine - everyone deserves to live safely, and free from harm. Acquisitive offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year. There is strong evidence that these crimes can be prevented by tactics that either remove opportunities to commit crime or act as a deterrent by increasing the chances of an offender being caught. I now look forward to working closely with all partners that have supported us with our bid, to tackle these crimes in both areas and to ensure that they become safer environments for community residents.”
Key delivery partners are Llanelli Town Council, Carmarthenshire County Council, Pobl Housing Association and Carmarthenshire Community Safety Partnership. All partners will be members of the steering group who will be responsible for the oversight of the project, ensuring implementation is timely, efficient, and that progress is monitored closely.
Llanelli Town Council Leader, Cllr Shahana Najmi said, “I very much welcome the announcement of the successful bid from the Safer Street funding for the Glanymor and Ty Isha wards. The improvements that will be enabled through this project will have significant impact within both community wards.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Communities Cllr Cefin Campbell said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in receiving this funding which will make a huge contribution to our ongoing work within these communities.
“The council has been working very closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Dyfed-Powys Police as well as other partners to tackle the crime and anti-social behaviour issues in this area, and in particular as part of our ambitious regeneration plans for the Tyisha ward.
“We aim to transform the area to create a vibrant and safe community where people want to live; and this funding will help us with these ambitious plans. It really is excellent news – and a timely boost for our communities.”
- The Glanymor 4 LSOA (Lower Super Output Areas) ranks 4th in Carmarthenshire out of 112 LSOA’s as the most deprived, 156 out of 1909 in Wales. The Tyisha 3 LSOA ranks 5th, 187 in Wales.
- Lower Super Output Areas is a measure the Welsh Government use to measure the deprivation of areas in the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.
- The Home Secretary announced the Safer Streets Fund in October 2019, and PCCs were invited to bid for funding in January this year.
- The Safer Streets Fund forms part of the Government’s concerted action to tackle crime and aims to stop offences that blight communities and cause misery to victims from happening in the first place.
- Bids were evaluated against a set criteria and bidders were asked to outline a plan to reduce crime within a local crime hotspot, demonstrating value for money, evidence of community engagement and long-term sustainability.
- Following a bidding process, grants of up to £550,000 will be provided to PCCs in England and Wales for projects to improve security in areas particularly affected by acquisitive crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery.
- As they are rolled out, each initiative will be assessed to help inform future Government investments.
- A full list of the successful bids and amounts of funding is as follows:
Avon and Somerset £400,000
Bedfordshire £882,150 covering 2 bids
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough £546,693
Cleveland £1,034,696 covering 3 bids
Devon & Cornwall £546,781
Dorset £266,357 covering 2 bids
Durham £784,278 covering 2 bids
Dyfed Powys £195,673
Greater Manchester £884,013 covering 2 bids
Hertfordshire £618,629 covering 2 bids
Lancashire £747,010 covering 2 bids
Leicestershire £1,518,306 covering 3 bids
Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime £301,162
North Wales £1,067,000 covering 2 bids
North Yorkshire £548,980
Northamptonshire £1,375,700 covering 3 bids
South Wales £513,410
South Yorkshire £549,964
Staffordshire £1,010,000 covering 2 bids
Sussex £893,366 covering 2 bids
Thames Valley £972,264 covering 2 bids
West Mercia £550,000
West Midlands £549,040
West Yorkshire £709,311 covering 2 bids
- The total funding awarded today totals £22.4m. The remaining funding will be spent on supporting successful areas to deliver their bids, evaluation of the fund’s impact, administration and other activities which support the aims of the fund.