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Call to local people to have their say on how to spend money to make the city's communities safer

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Portsmouth City Council's Building Safer Communities fund has £90,000 to spend on local initiatives aimed at making communities safer. To make sure that the fund has maximum impact, the team is working with people across the city to gather the ideas of local groups and communities.

Each community in the city has its own unique character – its own strengths, and its own challenges. The events have been planned to take place in different parts of the city, to ensure that local people have the chance to share their thoughts and ideas about their community.

The sessions will explore a range of topics, including the challenges local people face when it comes to crime and anti-social behaviour; ideas for how to make communities safer; and how best to invest money to achieve a safer community, and city, for all.

Cllr Lee Hunt, the council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “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.”

The team behind the Building Safer Communities project will be visiting local groups in Buckland and Landport, Eastney, Milton, Paulsgrove, Portsea and Somerstown throughout February and March.

Full details of the events can be found online www.saferportsmouth.org.uk/have-your-say-on-building-a-safer-portsmouth/

This work is part of the council's commitment to make Portsmouth a city that works together, enabling communities to thrive and people to live healthy, safe and independent lives.

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