Lots of fun at community safety day
Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the sun at a community
safety day in Walton.
Visitors got the chance to meet the Essex Police Marine Unit, find
out more about Neighbourhood Watch and around 20 people had a free
health check from the NHS.
Young people played in a five-a-side tournament and over 30 budding
artists took part in a graffiti competition at the event on August
Clean-up teams also performed a sweep of the town, picking up
litter and scrubbing grafitti from walls. Seven fridges, two sofas
and 20 bin bags of rubbish were removed from Mill Lane by
Environmental Services. More incidents of fly-tipping were dealt
with in Spendells Close and North Street.
The event, held at Bath House Meadow, Princes Esplanade, was
organised by Tendring’s Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership
Leanne Thornton, community safety manager for Tendring
District Council, said: “It was a terrific day and the weather was
The aim was to try and highlight some of the services on offer in
the district and give people an opportunity to talk to
representatives from the different agencies face-to-face.
“The graffiti competition was a perfect way to let young people try
out their creative talents. It also gave us the opportunity to
speak to them about the affect graffiti has on the rest of the
A team of door knockers visited 150 residents with a questionnaire
which aimed to find if they had any concerns about the area.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service visited 70 of these homes and
found 20 residents without working smoke alarms. They will return
on a later date to fit working alarms, including two ‘sensory’
alarms for those with impaired hearing.
Essex Probation’s Community Payback Team cleared an overgrown
alleyway at Alfred Terrace and Vicarage Lane. They also cut back
overgrown foliage at the town’s skate park in Old Hall Lane, where
they were joined by Tendring District Council’s Leisure Services
who repaired a fence which had been vandalised. Both issues were
identified during a visual audit of the area carried out by a team
from the CDRP, which included the local Neighbourhood Policing
Team, the Fire Service and the chair of Walton’s Neighbourhood
Essex County Council’s Trading Standards offered advice about rogue
traders and bogus businesses, while the local coastguard spoke to
visitors about seaside safety. Essex Young People Drug and Alcohol
Service (EYPDAS) spoke to around 30 people at the event about the
risks associated with dangerous substances and Tendring District
Council Housing Officers visited around 60 of their properties to
find out about any ongoing issues.
The winners of the graffiti competition were Hannah Kantor and Seb
Gardiner and a team called ‘Man U’ – made up of a group of young
boys from the town – won the football tournament.
The organisers are grateful to B&Q, who kindly provided cans of
spray paint for the graffiti competition.