Wealden District Council has been awarded more than £300,000 through the Government’s Safer Streets initiative to make Hailsham safer.

“It is the first time that the Safer Streets Fund has been made available to local authorities. We are pleased that Wealden has been successful. It is the only district council to have made a successful bid,” said Councillor Philip Lunn, Wealden Cabinet member for Community & Public Health.

“Wealden is a very safe place to live. However this funding, provided by the Government, will help us to target one area where we believe a carefully thought-through strategy will make it much more difficult for criminals in the future. “

The £309,453 will be used to install crime–preventative measures, such  as CCTV, improved security measures, education and information projects and a neighbourhood watch scheme in parts of Hailsham. It is in response to higher than average recorded incidences of neighbourhood crime, including robbery and burglary and theft from vehicles.

The Council will be looking to see what are the most effective interventions so that they can be deployed in other areas of the District.

Last year the Safer Streets Fund provided nearly £900,000 to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner to help tackle anti-social behaviour, theft and burglary parts of Eastbourne and Hastings. This year’s second round saw 40 areas across England and Wales awarded a total of £18.4 million.