Councillor Neil Eustace - Stechford and Yardley North Ward - My News
In my role as Chair of the Public Protection Committee, I have seen the expansion of No Alcohol Zones which has led to a reduction in alcohol related offences and anti social behaviour on the City's streets. I have also introduced a trial of No Cold Calling Zones in Yardley, Stechford, Sheldon and Springfield areas aimed at tackling door step salesmen and rogue traders. The zones aim to prevent distraction burglaries and protect residents from 'cold callers'.
My committee has also been successful in cracking down on 'loan sharks' and irresponsible wheel clampers. I am determined that the Council maintains a high profile in all areas relating to Trading Standards issues.
Locally in Yardley and Stechford, crime has reduced in the last twelve months. This reduction has been helped by the provision security gates to protect residential property from the threat of burglary. The CCTV cameras at the Yew Tree have also been a huge success in preventing crime.
Another crime reduction initiative has been to upgrade the lighting on local roads with new brighter street lights. It's a well known fact that brighter lights leads to safer streets.
I also supported the ward decision to carry out additional street cleaning and to remove graffiti from local streets and shopping areas. In addition all the Cable boxes and window roller shutters at the Meadway and Glebe shops have been treated with anti graffiti paint, making it easy to remove graffiti when it appears.
Local Council owned homes have been improved via The Decent Homes Programme with new heating systems and windows. Work will start on Decent Homes 2, where new kitchens and bathrooms will be fitted to municipal properties. I am pleased that after many years of neglect Council homes will be brought up to modern day standards.
I am working with local residents to have disabled access provided at Stechford station. This campaign has been running for many years without a successful conclusion. The funding of disability access at Stechford is a Government issue and I am applying as much pressure as possible to have money allocated for Stechford from the Government's Access for All funding.
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