A new ‘community hub’ has been launched in a supermarket car park to bring an even more visible and reassuring police presence for residents.
The hub, launched in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Asda, has been opened in the car park at Asda Hyson Green, which is visited by thousands of local people every day.
Funded by Asda, the idea behind the new hub is provide shoppers with a convenient way to engage with police and the council’s community protection officers about concerns or to get advice.
The hub was officially launched today (Tuesday 16 November) and comes as part of the Radford Road neighbourhood policing team’s ongoing commitment to building relationships with the local community.
There had been reports of begging and anti-social behaviour outside the store and it is hoped the additional police presence will help prevent further incidents.
Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Paul Ferguson, who leads the team at the nearby Radford Road police station, said: “I am delighted to see the launch of this new community hub. Not only will it give people the opportunity to raise concerns quickly, it will provide an even greater visible police presence that I know residents want to see in our community.
“Officers from the neighbourhood policing team and city council will use the hub along with other community support groups, so I’d encourage anyone who wants to get to know the team to pop in and have a chat.
“We want to be a part of the communities we serve and this new hub is a chance for us to get to know residents and understand what the local issues are.
“I’d like to thank Nottingham City Council and Asda for their support with this new initiative. The store in Hyson Green is a huge part of the community and so is the perfect place to launch the hub.”
Councillor Neghat Kham, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, safety and inclusion at Nottingham City Council, said the hub will act as a convenient contact point for local people.
She said: “We are really pleased that the community hub has been installed. This has been a long time coming and will help Community Protection and Nottinghamshire Police to continue to work closely in partnership to tackle the longstanding issues in the area.
“We are also hoping that other services will be able to make use of the hub. The hub will be a key component in being able to communicate with our community and will act as a contact point for members of the public who may not be able to reach out any other way.”
Darren Underhill, store manager of Asda Hyson Green, said he was delighted the hub was now in operation.
He said: “We know that safety around the area of our Hyson Green store has been a concern for local residents, customers and colleagues, which is why we’re so pleased to be able to continue to support the Radford Road neighbourhood policing team in helping to make our local area safer.
“As part of our ongoing work with the local council and the police, we have increased our own security measures at our Hyson Green store and we are pleased to be able to continue support the local community by having this hub at our store.
“We again thank Inspector Ferguson for all of his team’s work on this issue and encourage our customers to pop by the hub and speak to the team when they visit our store.”
The ‘community hub’ is just one of many different ways people can contact Nottinghamshire Police.
Insp Ferguson said: “The neighbourhood policing team and Operation Reacher team are always looking for ways to improve the area so please do get in touch if you have any concerns.