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Penzance to keep anti-social behaviour worker

Penzance to keep anti-social behaviour worker

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:01am 7th December 2019. (Updated at 8:00am 7th December 2019)

Penzance is going to keep its dedicated caseworker to help crack down on anti-social behaviour.

The future of the town's role has now been secured by Penzance Council, as Cornwall Council reported it was unable to continue to provide the same level of funding for the post. 

This would have led to the case worker reverting to cover the wider West Cornwall area, including Hayle, St Ives, Camborne, Pool and Redruth, rather than focusing on Penzance alone. 

Councillors have now agreed to carry forward a £3,000 underspend to maintain the vital role until the end of May 2020, together with allocating an additional £30,000 to secure the future of the post for a further 12 months until the end of May 2021.  

Officials say their priorities going forward include tackling anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug use, domestic abuse, supporting community engagement and increasing provision for young people.

Figures from the Safer Cornwall partnership show a 13% fall in recorded crime, and a 18% reduction in anti social behaviour in the town over the past 12 months. 

There has been a significant reductions in theft offences, criminal damage and violence with injury and a fall in anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking of 23%. 

"Local residents and business owners rightly expect Penzance Council to do all it can to work with partners to help deal with this problem.

"We recognise the pressures on Cornwall’s Council’s budgets and I am delighted that members of Penzance Council have voted to increase our share of the funding for this vital post.

"This decision will enable our town to continue to benefit from the support provided by Dorian and we look forward to seeing further reductions in the number of antisocial behaviour incidents."

Councillor Nicole Broadhurst, Mayor of Penzance

Meantime Penzance has also been been voted as the best town in the UK.

It was presented the 'Great Town Award' at the 2020 Urbanism Awards.

The Academy of Urbanism give out five awards each year to Britain and Ireland’s best place, street, neighbourhood and town. 

The judges, who include a network of built environment experts from across Europe, consider a range of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success in identifying the winners. 

Announcing Penzance had been awarded the Great Town Award, judges commended Penzance for prioritising strong and meaningful relationships with the community, singling out the Neighbourhood Plan and the Jubilee Pool for the positive way in which project teams had worked with the local community. 

Penzance was able to impress the Academy with a long list of recent initiatives:

  • It was the first community in the UK to be awarded Plastic Free Community status
  • It has carried out a successful campaign against anti-social behaviour
  • It has unveiled a stunning coastal outdoor lido, the restored Jubilee Pool, soon to be heated by geothermal energy
  • It is refurbishing its historic promenade ahead of hosting the start of next year’s prestigious cycling Tour of Britain race
  • It is now the terminus for Britain’s newest fleet of high speed trains, and is completing a new heliport to connect with the Isles of Scilly
  • It has a £3.7 million project to improve coastal resilience across Mount’s Bay while safeguarding environmentally important marshlands at Marazion.
  • Work has begun on a significant bid to Government for the Future High Street Fund

"The Great Town’s category this year compared three amazing but very different places.

"Penzance won out in the end because of the way that the community has taken the lead in the regeneration of the town, both through the neighbourhood plan and transformational projects like the Jubilee Pool complete and managed by a community benefit society."

David Rudlin, Chair of the Academy

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