Voices of communities heard during ASB Awareness Week
This week is Anti-Social Behaviour week, which aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the options available to those facing it.
The views of residents are very important to me. Issues that are uncovered are fed back to the Chief Constable; they also help my office identify where funding needs to be allocated to help tackle problems to keep communities safe.
Since May I have visited ten areas of Gwent including Abertillery, Abergavenny, Brynmawr, Caerphilly, Cwmbran, Pontypool, Chepstow and Caldicot.
Recently I visited Blaenavon, Rhymney and Bargoed where I was pleased that local traders and residents were eager to talk to me about some of the current issues in their towns.
I have heard about some issues that are happening such as groups of young people gathering in town centres. Young people gathering in groups can create fear for bystanders. In some instances, those gathering are doing nothing but socialising, however, when large groups of young people are abusive or drinking in the street this can cause offence and is classed as anti-social behaviour.
The past year has been a very difficult time for children and young people, but we need to make sure that they are not demonised by passers-by and are able to meet with their friends safely throughout the summer.
I am pleased to fund many organisations that offer activities for children and young people that allow them to socialise in a safe space while having fun with their friends.
Newport Live Positive Futures offers a wide range of diversionary activities throughout the summer for children and young people across Gwent. Skilled workers use sport as a hook to encourage young people to take part in activities and outreach sessions which help to alleviate any anti-social behaviour and re-direct young people off the streets.
For more information visit the Newport Live website: https://www.newportlive.co.uk/en/community-support/community-sport-and-wellbeing/our-projects-programmes-and-initiatives/positive-futures/