Mes­sage of strength at com­mu­nity event

Hilling­don To­gether’s aim to in­spire the bor­ough

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

BUILD­ING a stronger and safer bor­ough were the key aims at a com­mu­nity event or­gan­ised by Hilling­don Coun­cil and the lo­cal po­lice.

More than 200 peo­ple at­tended the Hilling­don To­gether event at the Civic Cen­tre, Uxbridge, which in­tended to in­spire those there to talk about the role they play in their com­mu­ni­ties and to strengthen re­la­tion­ships and pro­mote so­cial co­he­sion.

Safer neigh­bour­hood groups talked about their work with the coun­cil’s an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour team, and the po­lice spoke about lo­cal ini­tia­tives to tackle crime.

The bor­ough al­ready has a low crime rate, with Hilling­don hav­ing the fourth big­gest drop in crime in Lon­don, with a re­duc­tion of 26 per cent since 2012.

Joy Bar­row and Amir Ahmed from the e Hilling­don In­ter­faith Net­work talked about their work bring­ing peo­ple of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions to­gether.

A film pro­duced in re­sponse to the Paris ter­ror at­tacks made by sixth form pupils, called ‘I Am Hu­man’, was shown and young peo­ple from across Hilling­don per­formed and spoke through­out the event with the in­ten­tion of in­spir­ing oth­ers.

The au­di­ence on May 25 was com­prised of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all ages from dif­fer­ent faith, vol­un­tary and res­i­dent groups from across the bor­ough.

The Mayor of Hilling­don John Hens­ley, Hilling­don Coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity, com­merce and re­gen­er­a­tion Cllr Dou­glas Mills and the po­lice’s in­terim Bor­ough Com­man­der Max Wil­liams were also in at at­ten­dance. Cllr Mills said: “H “Hilling­don is one of th the safest bor­oughs in Lo Lon­don to live, work an and visit, but all are ar­eas some­times face cha chal­lenges. ““We do not take peace for granted and con con­tin­u­ally work in par part­ner­ship with lo­cal org or­gan­i­sa­tions and res­i­dents to main­tain our sense of com­mu­nity.” Bor­ough Com­man­der Max Wil­liams said: “We should ac­knowl­edge, cel­e­brate and value what we have achieved. “But, more im­por­tantly, look to the fu­ture and em­brace the op­por­tu­ni­ties we all have to work to­gether more closely and make our com­mu­nity safer and stronger.”

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