Building Safer Communities in Portsmouth

Have your say on how we spend your money to make our communities safer.

“The Building Safer Communities work has been set up because we want to hear from you – residents, community groups, schools, businesses – about how the council should spend your money to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and make your community, and the city, safer.”

Cllr Lee Hunt, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

Come along to an event near you to have your say. We’re inviting you to:

  • Share your own experiences of crime and anti-social behaviour (anonymously);
  • Identify priorities for action in your area; and
  • Come up with ideas for making your community safer.

Following the workshops, the best initiatives will be put into practice using the Community Crime Reduction fund, a pot of money totalling £90,000. Each area of the city – the north, centre and south of Portsmouth – will receive a total investment of £30,000 (£10,000 a year for three years) in the initiatives you come up with to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in your community.

Find your local session

We’re all Proud to be Portsmouth, but each of our communities has its own unique character – its own strengths, and its own challenges. That’s why we’re holding a number of sessions in different parts of the city, to ensure that you have the chance to tell us about your community: the particular challenges it faces when it comes to crime and anti-social behaviour; your ideas for how to make your community safer; and how best to invest your money to achieve a safer community, and city, for all.

Buckland and Landport – This event has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at a future date when Government advice about coronavirus changes.

Eastney – come to East Southsea Neighbourhood Forum at Royal Beach Hotel, from 8.30pm on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

Milton – come to Milton Neighbourhood Forum at Mary Rose Academy, from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

Paulsgrove – come to the Paulsgrove Residents Association at Paulsgrove Community Centre, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Monday 2 March 2020

Portsea – come to Portsea Action Group’s annual general meeting at John Pounds Centre, from 6.45pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 4 March 2020.

Somerstown – come to a PATCH meeting at Somerstown Hub, from 1pm to 4pm on Monday 9 March 2020.

If you can’t make any of the sessions listed here, we’ll be adding more events – keep checking this page for the latest information.

Key issues

Research by the Safer Portsmouth Partnership (SPP) has identified four main areas of concern about crime and safety in Portsmouth:

•Young people at risk of exploitation

•Domestic Violence

•Substance Misuse

•Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

For more information about the Building Safer Communities workshops, please contact Lisa Wills by emailing