'Walkabouts' aim to identify and tackle issues in Stratford - The Stratford Observer
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9th Aug, 2022

'Walkabouts' aim to identify and tackle issues in Stratford

‘WALKABOUTS’ are helping identify and resolve issues in the Stratford.

A series of ‘Stratford Town Centre Walkabouts’ has been organised by police inspector Ben Hembry and former town mayor Cyril Bennis to improve contact and tackle problems.

The weekly events see Warwickshire Police Stratford Safer Neighbourhood Team meet up with the likes of councillors, residents and businesses.

Participants change for each event as do themes, which have included crime prevention, anti-social behaviour and daytime retail issues.

Insp Hembry said: “There is huge value in gathering key stakeholders and consulting first-hand with local people about their issues and concerns.

“Face to face discussions develop a much greater depth of understanding of the associated impacts to lives and businesses. Finding preventative solutions requires joined up thinking and a multi-agency and multi-faceted response – the Walkabouts provide an ideal platform for this.

“The events also provide reassurance to our communities that their concerns are heard, and that action is taken. It is essential that local people and businesses feel involved and able to make their own contributions towards ensuring that Stratford remains a safe and pleasant place to live, visit and work.”

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