Policing in Corby & East Northants survey

police survey

Corby has become much safer over the past decade and crime has fallen. Just lately, however, there has been a worrying number of violent crimes.

I believe that our local police and PCSOs are doing their best with the resources they have. Nevertheless, many residents have expressed concerns to me about police presence, response times and related issues such as poor streetlighting and the need for CCTV in some areas.

One of the biggest concerns that I have is about the future of Corby Police Station. The Northants PPC has said that it is outdated and that he plans to close it. The wind-down has already started. For example, the police have been told recently to take suspected criminals to Northampton to be charged and detained, instead of using Corby. This is a waste of valuable police time and takes police away from the town.

If Corby police station is closed, then this will only get worse.

I strongly believe that Corby needs an operational police station and I am determined to fight for this.

I would like to know if you agree with my campaign to retain an operational police station in Corby and also to hear your feedback about other policing and community safety issues. Please would you fill in the survey below, or click here to open it in a new window.

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Policing in Corby and East Northamptonshire

Andy Sawford Adam Simmonds PCC

One of my 6 pledges is to work for safer communities by pushing for more police and PCSOs on our streets and pressing for streetlights to be turned back on.

I raised these issues with Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds when I took him for a walkabout in Corby last week.

We discussed local initiatives to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and agreed on a number of ways of working together in the future, such as a shopwatch scheme.  We also discussed policing needs across the towns and villages of East Northamptonshire.

One particular issue I raised with the Commissioner which I am very concerned about is the future of the police station in Corby. Read the rest of this entry »


New report highly critical of NCC’s decision to turn off half our streetlights

How much does it cost to have decent streetlight?

It costs just £1.14 per household per year to have decent streetlighting

Streetlights are essential to our safety and security. During my by-election, hundreds of people complained to me about the county council’s decision to turn off 30,000  street lights in the Northamptonshire, about half the lights in the county.

Streetlights reduce accidents, reduce the fear of crime, promote social activities and help emergency services carry out their duties more effectively.

New research, published by the Highway Electrical Association, is highly critical of the street lighting policies adopted by Northamptonshire County Council.

It provides more evidence against what what we already knew was a crazy decision from Northamptonshire County Council, and I will continue to work with local people over coming months to ensure that more streetlights are turned on again next winter. Read the rest of this entry »


Fall in Police and PCSO numbers in Northamptonshire

In Northamptonshire, the Government has so far cut 123 Police Officers and 15 Police Community Support Officers

 

Police Officers

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

31 March 2010

1,343

164

30 September 2010

1,337

168

31 March 2011

1,306

166

30 September 2011

1,262

163

31 March 2012

1,234

161

30 September 2012

1,220

149

 

 

The next set of figures as at 31 March 2013 is due to be published in July 2013.


Working to turn streetlights back on

Andy speaking in Parliament debate on streetlights

Andy speaking in Parliament debate on streetlights

On Thursday 17th January I led a debate in Parliament on the turning off of streetlights.

This is an issue of great importance to people across Corby and East Northamptonshire. In 2011, Northamptonshire County Council turned off more than 30,000 lights, approximately half the lights in the county.

Streetlights are essential to our safety and security and I pledged during my by-election campaign to press for them to be turned back on across Corby and East Northamptonshire.

I also want to see more investment in more energy and cost-efficient lighting.

The Corby Telegraph were in Parliament to hear the speech and you can read their report here, or you can read my full speech here.