Action week in Smethwick targets rubbish and crime

Published 20th December 2018

Safer 6 group in Smethwick

A week of action in Smethwick saw more than two tonnes of rubbish and weeds cleared, 50 bags of litter collected and hundreds of people equipped with safety and crime prevention tips.

More than 200 people picked up advice and information from a wide range of organisations during a roadshow organised by Smethwick Local office at Asda Cape Hill.

Other highlights of the Safer 6 campaign week in Smethwick included:

  • Chamberlain and Brook Street walkaboutSmethwick Local, trading standards, police and councillors distributed leaflets and door knocked in Brook Street and Chamberlain Walk to warn about rogue traders. Similar visits were made to Oxford Road, Sydenham Road, Cambridge Road, Wills Way, Taylors Lane and Londonderry Lane.
  • Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel volunteers spoke to people at the Asda roadshow, handing out 65 property marking kits, 60 purse bells, 48 card protector sleeves, 40 personal alarms and 38 Faraday cases to protect car key fobs.
  • Mushroom Hall open space before and afterOffenders doing unpaid Community Payback cleared a total of 2.06 tonnes of rubbish and weeds from a passageway in Curtis Close and Mushroom Hall Open Space, where an abandoned vehicle was also removed.
  • Partner organisations and councillors held a walkabout in Smethwick High Street to tackle litter and talk to street drinkers, rough sleepers and beggars.
  • Police, junior PCSOs and representatives from Galton Valley Primary warned drivers about inconsiderate parking outside the school.
  • A joint walkabout was held in Bearwood High Street to speak to beggars and police held an operation at Bearwood Bus Station to remind people about appropriate behaviour on buses.
  • Partner organisations gave information to residents during a community day at Smethwick Library. Council anti-social behaviour officers also raised awareness of their services with a stall at Thimblemill Library and a door knocking patrol in Montague Road.
  • More than 40 young people picked up tips on staying safe at Youth Bus visits and workshops organised by the council's young people's services team at Asda Cape Hill, Lightwoods Park, Galton Village Estate and Windmill Community Centre. Topics discussed included keeping safe on public transport, fireworks, substance misuse and healthy lifestyles.
  • Trading standards officers and partners held a white goods safety roadshow at Brookview flats, with the fire service carrying out safety checks in the building too.
  • Raglan Road litter pickLitter Watch volunteers and partners collected 14 bags of litter in Grove Lane, 12 bags from New Hope Estate, 11 bags from St Matthews Road and Cuin Road and seven bags from Raglan Road. They also held a litter pick with councillors in Soho & Victoria.
  • Thimblemill Library hosted a crafts session, with Thimblemill Brook volunteers helping with a litter pick.
  • Firefighters carried out 'Safe and Well' visits to 23 homes across the town, to advise residents on smoke alarms, fire safety and general wellbeing. They also used virtual reality visors to give safety advice to students at Holly Lodge School.
  • Firefighters and council neighbourhood officers ran a First Aid training session at Dorothy Parkes Centre.
  • JUplands litter pickunior PCSOs joined a litter pick with Smethwick Local, police and Litter Watch at Uplands Manor School, collecting six bags of litter.
  • Smethwick Local held a coffee morning at St Mark's Church Hall to talk to older people about community safety and rogue traders as well as a drop-in coffee morning at Ashcroft, Birchcroft and Elmcroft flats to discuss safety and crime prevention.
  • Council officers, councillors and police held a community safety advice session at Brasshouse.

Councillor Ann Jaron, Smethwick town chair, said: “This is a fantastic example of partnership working, with everyone working to tackle issues that matter to local people and provide them with advice and reassurance. I would like to thank everyone who took part in Smethwick’s Safer 6 week and who works with us all year round to make the town a safer, cleaner place.”

Each of Sandwell’s six towns had a focus week during the six-week Safer 6 campaign. The Smethwick Safer 6 week ran from 5-11 November.

Safer 6 results for all six towns can now be viewed on our Safer 6 webpage.