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Making Aberdare A Safer Town


Residents and visitors to Aberdare can learn more about reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in their town centre this week.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership, which coordinates and drives the efforts of all agencies working to reduce crime in the county borough, has run a series of ‘Safer Town Centres’ schemes as a direct response to community concerns by offering essential advice and information.

This week will mark the last “Safer Town Centre” of the operation which has seen officers work with over a thousand members of the public throughout the County Borough.

Expert engagement officers have spent time in Tonypandy and Pontypridd to gather the views of people from all walks of life, securing the information, concerns and intelligence needed to form a plan of action that will be delivered in the coming weeks.

Issues as far reaching as anti-social behaviour and alcohol misuse, bad parking, litter and even stray dogs are being addressed during the campaign, which is being delivered by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, South Wales Police, British Transport Police and RCT Homes.

A key element of the campaign is engaging with those who live, work and socialise in the town centres, ensuring they have the information and support they need. As such, advice stands will be open from 10am to 2pm.

There are also leaflets, posters, mobile phone charms and purse bells available so residents can protect themselves.

The public event, takes place on Friday August 15th in Aberdare town centre.

Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cllr Paul Cannon who is chair of the Community Safety Board said: “We are proud of our town centres and seek to take every opportunity to strengthen their positions as destinations in which people can live, work and socialise.

“A key element of this is addressing the issues our communities have told us exist via consultation, which are associated with our town centres.

“We are now responding to those concerns via Safer Town Centres and invite people to get involved and come along on the days”.

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