Residents sow the seeds for Safer Streets
Residents have taken part in a community scheme to make their neighbourhood safer.

Those living on the Coopers Walk estate, in Cheshunt, got involved in the Safer Streets initiative which aims to improve residents’ knowledge of how they can reduce crime and generate closer communities.

Other measures at the site in Davison Drive include improved street and carpark lighting, new communal entrance systems and live monitored CCTV.  Around 450 properties across seven streets in Cheshunt are benefiting from free security upgrades from the Safer Streets funding, which was secured by David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.

Pictured (clockwise from top left) Residents get involved in planting; Landcape gardener John Van hague and horticulturalist Antony Henn; Broxbourne Council Leader Lewis Cocking.

A range of crime reduction measures are being installed to help ‘design out crime’ and prevent victimisation by reducing the vulnerability of properties, making it harder for offenders to commit crime.

The scheme is being run by Hertfordshire PCC along with Broxbourne Borough Council, B3 Living, Hertfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Recently Coopers Walk residents joined in the creation of a new communal garden to plant flowers, vegetables and herbs.

They were joined by Cllr Lewis Cocking, Leader of Broxbourne Council, who said: “It was wonderful to see so many residents of Coopers Walk taking part in this initiative. The communal garden has been designed with residents in mind and will help them take ownership of the area they live in.”

The allotment garden is part of a wider landscaping scheme across the estate which involves the introduction of defensible planting of spikey bushes around properties to deter burglars, and a rejuvenation of the main communal green space.

Hertfordshire’s award-winning landscape gardener John Van Hage and horticulturalist Antony Henn both volunteered to work on the community project.

Pictured (clockwise from top left) Willing helper getting her hands dirty; Antony Henn and another resident; John Van hague and Lewis Cocking; communal areas on the estate are being improved.

The families and householders who took park in the day used the ‘planting by numbers’ system where they laid out a bio-degradable paper plan, matched and planted ‘lettered’ plants.

Hundreds of individual properties are receiving free security upgrades including ‘Secured by Design’ front and rear doors, window locks, floodlight cameras, garage defenders and garden gates as part of the Safer Streets initiative.

At the second project site, properties in Shortmead Drive, Limes Road, Springfield Road and Northfield Road are benefiting from upgraded doors and locks, smart video enabled doorbells and video-recording security lights and garden security. The streets are also being revamped with alley-gates and new solar lighting.

Hertfordshire was one of 35 PCC areas across the country to receive money from the Home Office Safer Streets fund to invest in targeted measures to design out and reduce acquisitive crimes. The project is set to be completed by next month.