HALSTEAD residents are being encouraged to share their views on crime and safety and what they think the key issues are in the area after £450,000 was secured to tackle ongoing issues.

Braintree Council has launched its Halstead Safer Streets survey.

The council, in partnership with the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, secured £300,223 of funding under the Government’s Safer Streets Fund for investment in specified areas of Halstead.

More than £150,000 was also match funded by partners which include Halstead Town Council, Essex Police, Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse, Fusion Lifestyle, Neighbourhood Watch, Essex Youth Service and Eastlight Community Homes.

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This Safer Streets funding will focus on reducing anti-social behaviour, neighbourhood crime and violence against women and girls, with the Braintree District Community Safety Partnership working on delivering several activities over the next 18 months.

These include the installation of additional CCTV cameras by Halstead Town Council, antisocial behaviour and crime prevention police patrols, the expansion of Neighbourhood Watch, and more.

Braintree Council stronger communities boss Mary Cunningham said: "We’re keen to hear feedback from our residents about how safe they feel in their community and what we can do to make them feel safer.”

To take part, visit braintree.gov.uk/xfp/form/650.