Police will soon be joining forces with partners in Newark to provide a one-stop-shop for a range of services.
Work is getting under way to convert a former council flat into a community hub, where locals will be able to access face-to-face contact for policing enquiries as well as council enquiries, housing services and a computer area.
The hub, which will be developed at Chatham Court, will add to the current policing service in the area. It is due to open in April and is part of the £550,000 Safer Streets project, led by the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). This forms a package of measures to reduce crime, increase public safety and improve the lives of people in areas of Newark.
The PCC, Nottinghamshire Police, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council have all joined forces for the Safer Streets project, which aims to improve security in areas particularly affected by acquisitive crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery.
The hub will be open between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, but will also be used on an ad-hoc basis for other community-led services from the police and county council.
Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Newark and Sherwood Heather Sutton said: “The hub is a really positive development for the area which will offer further vital support to the community.
“Tackling crime such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery is absolutely a priority in the area. This project is very much welcome and we hope that by creating this hub in the heart of the area, residents will feel safer and community support will be improved.
“Having one place to go will not only make it easier for people to make enquiries about concerns they have in the local area, but it will help us deliver crime prevention, work more closely with our partners and join forces in our continued efforts to support locals and tackle crime and other issues which may affect them.”
Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Residents will benefit from being able to access multiple services for issues that matter most to them, on one site, right in the heart of Chatham Court. Additional community support is one way to help residents feel safer and more supported and I’m sure the new hub will be a huge asset to the community.”
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “This is a really exciting resource for people who live in Chatham Court and will make it much easier to access the support, information and services they need to improve their lives and resolve any issues they have.
“I’m really grateful to the team at Newark and Sherwood District Council for their hard work and dedication in making the Community Hub a reality. One of the challenges of any community is ensuring vulnerable residents have access to a network of support to reduce isolation and improve safety. Through the Safer Streets project, this facility will be a huge addition to the community.”