Join the conversation on community safety

Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Councillor Nadia Shah is holding a Community Conversation covering the Peckwater Estate and the surrounding area on Tuesday 20 March.

Councillor Shah will be joined by Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras, Leader of the Council, Georgia Gould, Councillor Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Young People and Cohesion, Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crimes, ward councillors and senior officers from across the partnership.

Peckwater Estate and surrounding area – Tuesday 20 March, 6.30 to 8.30pm

St Luke’s Church, Oseney Crescent, Kentish Town, London NW5 2AT

The conversation will be facilitated by Community Safety and Emergency Management in partnership with the Police, Housing and other agencies.

For more information or if you would like to attend, please email [email protected]

We know that levels of crime are rising nationally, and across London, and this is having an impact in Camden.

Recently, two young men were fatally stabbed in two separate incidents in the local area. It is appalling and deeply sad that they lost their lives in these circumstances, in the very midst of our communities. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families and everyone who knew these young men.

We know that people from across the community are concerned and worried about a wide range of issues, not just anti-social behaviour. I want to reassure you all that we are listening to your concerns and we are working with the police and our partners to make sure our communities across Camden are safe and feel secure.

The Youth Safety Taskforce, co-chaired by Keir Starmer MP has been meeting regularly since last November, looking in detail at the rise in youth violence in the borough to understand the reasons behind it and what we can do to work with, and support those young people and their families, who are both involved and are victims of this violence. He will report back to the Taskforce following the Community Conversation. The Taskforce is due to publish its final report in June 2018 and the Council is committed to supporting its recommendations.

The police are creating a new team of neighbourhood officers, to provide a reassuring presence and to keep people safe. These Officers will tackle crime in the worst affected areas of the borough.

We have invested additional resources to enhance the services that target anti-social behaviour in the borough including the creation of a ‘hotspot team’ that is working in key locations in partnership with the police. 

As a Council, we have invested £5 million into our youth services to work with young people, particularly adolescents, across the borough. This is despite the large reductions in funding to both the police and local authorities since 2011-12.

I would like to invite local residents to come along to talk about their concerns, share the impact it is having on their community, and look at how we can work together to make our neighbourhoods feel safe again for everyone.

Following this conversation, we will be developing a detailed action plan for the area, with more conversations planned over the coming months, so I invite as many of you as possible to come along, and join us at these events, to work with us to build a safer Camden.
Councillor Nadia Shah, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities