Positive action taken as community comes together in Eastwood

Published Wednesday, 16th November 2016
Positive action taken as community comes together in Eastwood
Rotherham Council and Clifton Learning Partnership held a community café last Thursday in celebration of the progress being made on Eastwood’s multi-agency action plan. Pictured are members of the community and representatives of local partner organisations.

Residents and agencies have joined forces over the last few months to make a positive impact in Eastwood as part of the initiative entitled “the Eastwood Deal.”

South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham Council and Clifton Learning Partnership have been working with residents and holding community events in a sustained effort to address concerns in the area, which include issues relating to crime and antisocial behaviour as well as housing, fly-tipping and littering.

Partners have listened to the community and have put measures in place to address and tackle these concerns, one of which has seen reports of antisocial behaviour more than halve since the start of the Eastwood Deal, with 35 reports throughout September and October compared to 73 over July and August.

Chief Superintendent Rob Odell said: "I'm delighted with the productivity from this partnership and I hope people are encouraged by the action taken and we are certain that with their ongoing support, we will make continue to make a positive contribution in Eastwood."

South Yorkshire Police has made 36 arrests, seized 16 cars for no tax or insurance, assisted the Council’s trading standards officials in recovering 10,000 fake cigarettes, with an estimated street value of £3000 and summonsed 18 people to court in relation to minor offences.

Officers have also seized 1,200 cannabis plants from properties in the area, with a total, estimated street value of £979,000.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste Roads and Community Safety Cllr Emma Hoddinott said: "I want to thank local residents and community groups for working with us to improve Eastwood. We are absolutely determined to improve the area, and this is a good start with everyone working together."

Council Environmental Wardens have been supporting private tenants, conducting checks on private rented housing, and offering support to anyone not in employment, education and training.

Work is also on-going to ensure landlords in the designated Selective Licensing areas are abiding by certain conditions relating to the management of their property, with licensed properties regularly inspected to ensure this happens. Council officers have been focused on enforcement activities, including checking properties for fire detection, excess mould and cold, and gas issues, and to date 200 community protection notices have been issued.

Following feedback from residents, the Road Safety Partnership and Fire Service have been addressing the issue of road safety with young people to highlight key safety messages around preventing accidents.

Youth work sessions have been put on for those under 18 on a Friday and Saturday night, with 52 young people attending and being supported into education training and employment.