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Safer Town Centre Initiative In Aberdare

Safer Town Centre Initiative In Aberdare

Safer Town Centre events are taking place throughout the County Borough

Safer Town Centres, the innovative new partnership campaign taking place across the County Borough, is coming to Aberdare 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 launched Safer Town Centres as a direct response to community concerns by offering essential advice and information.

Expert engagement officers have spent time in the town centres of Tonypandy, Pontypridd and Aberdare 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 will be 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 on each of the days.

Free microchipping delivered in partnership with RCT Homes and the Dogs Trust has also been organised as responsible dog ownership, including microchipping and reducing the instances of stray animals, is a key issue for communities.

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

The public events, which run from 10am to 2pm, are:

· Wednesday, July 16 in Aberdare

· Wednesday July 23 in Tonypandy (free dog microchipping from 11am to 2pm)

· Friday, August 1 in Tonypandy

· Wednesday, August 6 in Pontypridd (free dog microchipping from 11am to 2pm)

· Friday, August 15 in Aberdare

Cllr Paul Cannon is chair of the Community Safety Board that oversees the partnership’s activity. He 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.

“This includes parking, disorder in parks, alcohol-related crime, retail crime, anti-social behaviour and irresponsible dog ownership.

“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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