Coun­cil launches safety strat­egy

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AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil has launched its Com­mu­nity Safety Strat­egy 2016-20.

De­vel­oped by the Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Safety Co- or­di­nat­ing and Task­ing Part­ner­ship, the strat­egy is the ba­sis from which com­mu­nity safety part­ners and com­mu­ni­ties will work to­gether to en­sure ‘safer and stronger com­mu­ni­ties’ in line with the Com­mu­nity Plan­ning Part­ner­ship’s Sin­gle Out­come Agree­ment.

Fol­low­ing an as­sess­ment of com­mu­nity safety is­sues, the strat­egy has iden­ti­fied the fol­low­ing four pri­or­i­ties:

Tackle dis­or­der, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and vi­o­lence.

Pro­mote safer com­mu­ni­ties and the per­sonal safety of the young, el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble groups.

Pro­tect the nat­u­ral and built en­vi­ron­ment

En­cour­age safer road use Leader of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Dick Walsh said: ‘The launch of Com­mu­nity Safety Strat­egy 2016-20 is ex­tremely wel­com­ing.

‘Ar­gyll and Bute is a safe place to live and visit. It has a very low crime rate but, nev­er­the­less, there are lo­calised is­sues which im­pact on com­mu­nity safety such as anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and van­dal­ism. We want to do all we can to com­bat is­sues such as these.

‘This strat­egy will see a range of part­ners com­ing to­gether to achieve the com­mu­nity safety out­comes through in­di­vid­ual ac­tion within their ser­vice plans, as well as work­ing to­gether and with com­mu­ni­ties.

‘Ac­tions will be de­vel­oped for each out­come which will be un­der­pinned by a prob­lem solv­ing ap­proach with a bal­anced fo­cus on pre­ven­tion, in­ter­ven­tion and en­force­ment mea­sures.

‘It is a pos­i­tive mea­sure and one which I look for­ward see­ing progress.’

Leader Dick Walsh.

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