Crime and antisocial behaviour on Erdington High Street is a serious issue that affects the safety and well-being of our residents, businesses, and visitors. Paulette has been campaigning for more action and resources to tackle this problem. Paulette recently hosted a follow-up meeting with traders and key stakeholders to provide updates.
The meeting was attended by Simon Foster, the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, Chief Superintendent Richard North, the commander of Birmingham East Police, local traders from Erdington High Street, and officials from Birmingham City Council. There were open and frank conversations about the challenges and opportunities facing our community, and the meeting heard directly from our traders about the impact of crime and antisocial behaviour on their livelihoods and customers.
The Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Superintendent assured traders that they are committed to working with us to improve the security and enforcement on Erdington High Street. They outlined some of the measures they have taken so far, such as increasing patrols, CCTV cameras, and engaging with young people and vulnerable groups. They also acknowledged that there is more to be done and agreed to explore some of the suggestions made by our traders, such as creating a dedicated police team for the area, providing more support for victims of crime, and cracking down on drug dealing and knife crime.
Birmingham City Council officials also provided updates of their efforts to combat crime and antisocial behaviour on Erdington High Street. They explained some of the initiatives they have implemented or planned, such as improving the lighting and cleanliness of the street, providing more bins and recycling facilities, and promoting positive activities and events for the community. They are also working more closely with us and the police to coordinate actions and share information.
Paulette Hamilton MP said, “I want to thank everyone who attended the meeting for their valuable contributions and support. I believe that this was an important step towards creating a safer and more vibrant Erdington High Street for everyone. I will continue to monitor the progress of the actions agreed at the meeting, and I will keep you updated on any developments. The next meeting is scheduled early next year.”