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Decision details

Acceptance of Safer Streets Fund Round 4 grant funding

Decision Maker: Director of Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Purpose:

The purpose of this report is to seek approval for the acceptance and use of Home Office Funds that have been successfully obtained following a partnership bid into the Government led 2022/23 Safer Streets Fund Project. A total grant of £230,000 has been successfully awarded to Sheffield City Council (SCC) that will be used in a hotspot area of the city that is suffering from high levels of acquisitive crime. (Burglary, Robbery, Theft from Person and Vehicle Crime).

 

Decision:

That the Director of Communities:-

 

  1. SCC accept grant funding of £230K from the Home Office, to meet the aims and objectives of the report;

 

  1. Agree match funding of £115K, to meet the aims and objectives of the report; and

 

  1. Agree commissioning of works and services as set out in the report.

 

 

Reasons for the decision:

Once approved, this grant will bring benefits to the communities most affected by acquisitive crime in the Sharrow/Ecclesall Rd area.

 

The main outcomes will be:

  • The number of victims of acquisitive crime will reduce.
  • Crime Rates will reduce in the area and Sheffield residents and visitors will be attracted to spend more time in the area bringing much needed financial activity and growth.
  • Overall people will feel much safer whilst in their home or visiting the area.
  • The area identified contains a lot of student accommodation so will benefit students by them feeling safer and attracting more students to the city

 

CCTV will also help to combat violence against women and girls with cameras in the area being monitored and reports passed back to SYP.

 

Should the grant money not be accepted then Sheffield would not be in a position to immediately enhance or improve community safety within those areas Identified and the opportunity for crime to increase will be much greater.

 

Alternative options considered:

Not to accept the grant funding.

 

If the grant monies are not accepted and utilised for this work, the benefits of a reduction in acquisitive crime because of the camera installation and reassurance to local people and help make people, feel safe when out and about will not be realised.

 

Publication date: 27/09/2022

Date of decision: 17/08/2022

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