Successful initiative sees anti-social behaviour incidents halved
9:10am Saturday 19th October 2013 in NW
INCIDENTS of anti-social behaviour in Westleigh have dropped by more than half thanks to a dedicated initiative.
Wigan and Leigh Housing, Wigan Council, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Greater Manchester Police have been working with ward councillors Susan Loudon, Mark Aldred and Pam Stewart to engage with young people on the Trees Estate.
The group started consulting with young people living on the estate about their needs and views in February, which resulted in free skate board sessions.
Since then police figures have revealed that anti-social behaviour has fallen by 51 per cent.
Neil Turner, chairman of Wigan and Leigh Housing’s board, said: “This initiative will benefit all of the residents in the area, not only the young people who have made use of the activities. Such a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour is a real achievement.”
The activities were so successful, the group were able to secure funding for football sessions run by the KICKZ Project, taking place twice a week for 12 months with extra sessions during the summer holidays.
Clr Loudon said: “Young people need activities to do and older residents need the peace of mind that young people are not wandering the streets with nothing to do.”
PC Mark Sumner said: “Since the KICKZ Project has been running on the estate we have seen a significant reduction in the anti-social behaviour, which has allowed the police to deal with other incidents on the estate.”
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