Antisocial behaviour (ASB) in the Kiln and Minerva Way area in Wellingborough is reducing, thanks to the efforts of Wellingborough’s Community Safety Partnership and local residents.
Latest figures show 628 incidents of ASB were recorded between April 2010 and March 2011, down 18.1% on the 767 incidents recorded over the same period the previous year.
Although the figures have been reducing month on month, the public's perception of ASB in the area is much higher. So £12,000, awarded to the partnership by the Home Office, has been spent on tidying up the streets and installing picnic benches and bins in an effort to reduce ASB even further and make people feel safe.
Nicola Hicks, Wellingborough Council's community safety manager, said: "Antisocial behaviour has been going down, but people still thought it was higher than average. The council teamed up with the police, Wellingborough Homes and local councillors to talk to the public and ask them for ideas to improve the area and we got thousands of pounds of funding to turn their ideas into reality.
"We have put in a picnic bench in the play area, additional benches, dog bins, litter bins, and cigarette bins around the paths, open spaces and near bus stops, and a community notice board by the Co-op. People have told us that what we've done so far has made a real difference. As the area starts to look nicer, people think that antisocial behaviour will become less frequent and that is exactly what we were hoping to achieve - that as well as actually reducing ASB in the area we could also make people believe there were fewer incidents so that they feel safer."