Pride In Sandy Day
Date Added: 27/09/2013
On Friday 27 September partner agencies from Central Bedfordshire were involved in a PRIDE IN SANDY day. The aim of the day was to provide information and support to Sandy residents about community safety and welfare. Information displays were set up in the Market Square and as people walked about the town they had the opportunity to learn about the many and various organisations working to benefit the community of Sandy.
During the day Bedfordshire Police secured numberplates to cars in an operationto prevent numberplate theft which took place in Budgens Car Park. Residents also had bicycles and property marked to deter thieves. Crime prevention advice was given and the police, together with the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, were able to help residents with information about keeping safe at home. The Police and Crime Commissioner, Olly Martins went on a walkabout in St Swithuns Way and heard first hand from residents who told the PCC their views about policing and community safety in Sandy.
Other organisations involved included Sandy Town Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, British Transport Police, Aragon Housing, Bedfordshire Ruran Communities Charity, Neighbourhood Watch, Bromford Support, Sandy Helping Hands, Sandy Good Neighbour Scheme, Walk2Fitness and many others.. Residents were able to find out more about healthcare, benefits advice, waste recycling, local youth services, housing, sports, leisure and walking. Central Bedfordshire Council provided free pedometers to encourage residents to keep their step count up and walk in the locality.
As well as providing information organisations carried out some practical work, clearing litter, road sweeping and so on and work will continue during the week ahead with flytipping due to be cleared from several sites in Sandy. Community football was offered at Bedford Road Recreation Ground and British Transport Police did work with commuters at Sandy Railway Station.
All in all the day was a great opportunity for members of the public to ask about local services and express their concerns to the people who deliver them.