Cherilyn Mackrory, MP for Truro and Falmouth, has welcomed Government plans to provide
£50 million of new funding to communities across England and Wales to make the streets safer for all.
The money forms part of the Safer Streets Fund, which has already provided Falmouth with £60,000 to help tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG).
The money will go to police forces, local authorities, British Transport Police and eligible community groups across England and Wales to prevent violence against women and girls in public, neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour.
These projects will be able to roll out extra CCTV and streetlighting in their communities and expand work to change attitudes and behaviours and prevent these crimes happening in the first place.
“This is excellent news and I have to say a huge thank you and well done to Cornwall Council’s Community Safety team for putting such a strong case together and for all their help in addressing the issues in the city centre.
I have been lobbying colleagues in Government about the issues we have been facing in Truro over the last couple of years so I am delighted that we have been given this significant investment to turn things around and make Truro a safe place to live, work and grow up in.
Many will recall that I conducted a survey on crime and anti-social behaviour in Truro six months ago. At the time, 98% of people who responded felt more needed to be done to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Truro. Key stakeholders in the city and I remain fully committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and this announcement will go a long way to help.”
Home Secretary, Priti Patel said:
“It has been one year since I launched our dedicated violence against women and girls strategy and in that year I have overseen incredible work to support victims, prevent violence against women and girls, protect citizens and deliver justice.
Our essential work with specialist groups is delivering practical support and change for women and girls across our communities and the Safer Streets Fund continues to make a difference to the safety of women and girls at a community level.”