Police have started to patrol poorly lit areas of the Chiswick, after safety concerns were raised by residents.
As part of the ‘StreetSafe’ scheme, officers are patrolling alleyways in Chiswick which have been flagged as areas where people feel unsafe, such as the alleyway which runs parallel to the Turnham Green Tube station.
StreetSafe is a pilot service which allows anyone to anonymously report public places of concern. Concerns may be related to environmental issues, such as street lighting, abandoned buildings and vandalism. The police want worrying behaviours, such as being followed or verbally abused to be reported on it also.
London Underground users ranking London’s Tube stations have rated Gunnersbury the worst, with one describing the alleyway behind it as ‘rapey’.
For more information on StreetSafe or to flag an area you are worried about, click here.
Hounslow councillors clash over improved street lighting
The Conservative group on Hounslow council have been lobbying to increase streetlight levels across the borough in order to reduce black spots, since the fatal stabbing of Rishmeet Singh in Southall. They think improved lighting would make streets safer at night.
LB Hounslow voted against improved street lighting in the borough, with Labour councillors claiming street lighting had no impact on crime in the borough. The Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies, Guy Lambert, said there was “no evidence that lighting is contributing to crime in Hounslow.”
The Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, Katherine Dunne, agreed that improved street lighting would make no difference and said women did not want to be “fobbed off by increased street lighting.”
In response the Conservative candidate for Chiswick Homefields, Jack Elmsey Tweeted:
I’m constantly told how unsafe residents feel in poorly lit areas in #Chiswick Homefields – good to see officers out on patrol, just a shame @Hounslow_Labour voted against improved street lighting at last week’s council meeting, saying it “wasn’t an issue…” https://t.co/zynU5fnquw
— Jack Emsley (@Jack_Emsley1) December 12, 2021
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