Council boost for projects

Four projects aimed at keeping people and communities safer are to receive extra funding following a decision by Derbyshire County Council.

A total of £76,000 will be shared between the four community safety projects which focus on keeping areas cleaner and safer, reducing re-offending and helping people with learning disabilities to stay safe.

£20,000 will go towards continuing a programme of general clean-ups and graffiti removal in areas nominated by district and parish councils, Community Safety Partnerships and the county council.

The second project to benefit is a street lighting scheme where communities can put forward the case for additional lighting in areas where anti-social behaviour and crime are an issue. In 2012/13 a total of 13 communities successfully applied for additional street lighting and the project will receive £45,000 to continue the work.

The county council will give £3,500 towards a scheme to install Citizen’s Advice Bureau electronic information kiosks at three main probation offices in Derby City, Chesterfield and Ilkeston.

£7,500 will go towards a Hate Crime/Staying Safe project for people with learning disabilities. It will cover topics like the safe use of the internet including social networking and cyber-bullying.