Se­cu­rity in the town cen­tre is a high pri­or­ity for coun­cil

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

I READ Mr Pal­lett’s let­ter last week and wanted to briefly re­spond to re­as­sure him and other res­i­dents that se­cu­rity in the town cen­tre is a high pri­or­ity for us and un­for­tu­nately it is un­der con­stant review be­cause of the hor­rific in­ci­dents our coun­try has suf­fered in the past few years.

We are con­tin­u­ally talk­ing to our part­ners in­clud­ing the emer­gency ser­vices about se­cu­rity, not just in the town cen­tre, but the whole bor­ough.

The mea­sures he men­tions such as bol­lards, use of street fur­ni­ture and road lay­outs have and are still be­ing con­sid­ered. How­ever, the in­tro­duc­tion of such mea­sures will in­volve a num­ber of dif­fer­ent agen­cies and take time to prop­erly con­sider.

With­out wish­ing to go into too many op­er­a­tional de­tails, we al­ready do con­sider ac­cess to the pedes­trian ar­eas when events take place in the town cen­tre and ve­hi­cles can be strate­gi­cally placed to re­strict that ac­cess.

Our CCTV sys­tem and ever-vig­i­lant op­er­a­tors, as well as the in­tel­li­gence shared be­tween agen­cies on known of­fend­ers, also add more lay­ers of se­cu­rity for the town and these are mea­sures the public are some­times un­aware of.

As a coun­cil, what we do have to bal­ance is the need to have a se­cure town cen­tre but make sure it is one that is still at­trac­tive, invit­ing and an en­joy­able place to be

Vig­i­lance is also a key part of our coun­try’s se­cu­rity so I would ad­vise peo­ple that if they have any in­for­ma­tion about pos­si­ble ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity, then please call the po­lice anti-ter­ror­ist hot­line 0800 789 321.

It might be worth not­ing that we are also part of LLR Pre­pared which is the Lo­cal Re­silience Fo­rum for Le­ices­ter, Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land. It re­quires by law that spe­cific or­gan­i­sa­tions work to­gether to pre­pare for, re­spond to and re­cover from dif­fer­ent emer­gen­cies.

A lot of work goes in be­hind the scenes to de­velop plans for a va­ri­ety of in­ci­dents, plans we all hope we will never have. to im­ple­ment.

As a fi­nal point, LLR Pre­pared Week takes place soon, be­tween Oc­to­ber 9 and 13, and aims to raise aware­ness of what peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses in the city and coun­ties can do to pre­pare for emer­gen­cies. More de­tails will be out soon and I’d en­cour­age peo­ple to have a look. As they say, it’s best to be pre­pared.

Chris Traill, Strate­gic di­rec­tor for neigh­bour­hoods and com­mu­nity well­be­ing, Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Market Place in Lough­bor­ough town cen­tre.

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