Building Safer Communities in Portsmouth

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

“The Building Safer Communities workshops have 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

Have your say by participating in your local workshop 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 workshop

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 workshops 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 ASB; 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.

Portsmouth North workshops

Do you live in the north of the city e.g. Paulsgrove, Wymering, Cosham, Drayton, Farlington? If so, please join us at:

Drayton Centre, Havant Road, Drayton on Saturday 30 November from 10:00 to 12:00; or

Castle View Enterprise Academy, Paulsgrove on Tuesday 3 December from 19:00 to 21:00

Central Portsmouth workshops

Do you live in the heart of Portsmouth e.g. Hilsea, Copnor, Baffins, North End, Stamshaw, Buckland, Landport, Fratton? If so, please join us at:

Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road on Saturday 19 October from 10:00 to 12:00

If you can’t make the Central workshop on 19 October, don’t worry – we’ll be holding another Central workshop at a date, time and venue to be confirmed. Please check back, or contact the BSC team for more information (details below).

Portsmouth South workshops

Do you live in the south of the city e.g. city centre, Portsea, Somerstown, Eastney, Craneswater, Southsea, Old Portsmouth, Gunwharf? If so, please join us at:

King’s Church, Somers Road on Saturday 16 November from 10:00 to 12:00

If you can’t make the South workshop on 16 October, don’t worry – we’ll be holding another South workshop at a date, time and venue to be confirmed. Please check back, or contact the BSC team for more information (details below).

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)

Pre-workshop Survey

Before the workshops we would like to hear what you think via a short survey that will ask the following questions:

  1. Do you, your family, or someone close to you have personal experience of the issues listed above? If so, how has this affected you?
  2. What do you think are the main obstacles to a safer Portsmouth?
  3. Do you have any ideas about how we can make our communities safer?
  4. Is there anything else you’d like to say before the workshops?

Please click this link to take you to the survey: Building Safer Communities survey

For more information about the Building Safer Communities workshops, please contact Alice Dickson alice.dickson@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Building Safer Communities Flyer

If you would like this information in a more portable format, please download a copy of the Building Safer Communities Invitation.