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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Get involved in the Scott Estate Community Action Event

People living on the Scott Estate are being encouraged to get involved in a great event right on their doorstep.

West Lancashire Borough Council is working with the Police, the Fire Service and other agencies to organise community action days on the Scott Estate, Ormskirk on Monday 1 February and Tuesday 2 February.

The aims of these days are to improve working relationships between local groups, the voluntary sector and statutory agencies, as well as increase community confidence and reduce the fear of crime. Similar events on the estate and in other parts of West Lancashire have been a great success, proving that community spirit is alive and well in the borough.

For more information on West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/wlcsp.

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for and Community Safety, said: “Everyone living on the Scott Estate should take part in the Community Action events as they offer an ideal opportunity for them to talk to staff from the Council and other agencies about their concerns for the estate.”

Borough Council staff, Police and Fire Service personnel will be around the estate with Fire Service staff encouraging people to have free fire safety checks on their homes and giving information about other fire safety issues.

A skip will also be placed on different parts of the estate from 9am until they are full on the following days:

  • Monday 1 February on at the car park, bottom of Whittle Drive
  • Tuesday 2 February near to the shops, Scott Drive

The event is being coordinated by West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership and the funding for the skips has come from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Police officer’s will be supporting the event promoting ‘In the Know’ and offering crime prevention advice and general advice on any community safety issues. 

Victims’ Voice will also be supporting the event by making people aware of the various strands of hate crime, how to report a hate crime and the support they can receive if they are a victim.

The Dog’s Trust will be supporting the event on Monday 1 February between 11am and 3pm. They will be based at the car park at the bottom of Whittle Drive and will be offering free microchips for dogs. The Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team and Estates Management Team will also conduct joint visual audits and encourage the use of the skips. They will also be dealing with issues around fly tipping and dog mess being left on the streets.

Lancashire Probation’s Community Payback Team will also be supporting the event and will in partnership with the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team establish if there are any schemes that can be carried out to support the aims of the event.

David Tilleray, Chairman of the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership, said: “I am grateful to all the councillors and partner agencies supporting the community action day and making this an excellent event for the community.”

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