Give your views – Safer Streets 4

How should Reading council’s Safer Streets funding make the town more welcoming?

Take part in our short survey to give us your views on how we should make the town centre safer and more welcoming.

Views collected so far

Safer Streets Drop-in Sessions: 14 November 2022

We held 2 drop-in events on the 14 November 2022 to get views from members of the public, including residents, workers and visitors about how we can use the Safer Streets funding to shape a safer town. Young people living in the town also shared their views on what is good and what is bad about Reading. Watch a video showing the young people’s views on Starting Point’s website

ITV Meridian filmed the event and they broadcast the following day.

Some of the ideas submitted included more decorative lighting (e.g. festoon lighting, projected lighting); commissioned artwork on shutters of shops and/or public murals; painting ‘streets furniture’ such as footbridges and/or bins; plaques, signs and heritage trails; use of digital boards for community safety information; more public toilets which can be artistically designed; more creative use of advertising boards in town which could incorporate planters. We can’t necessarily go ahead with all these ideas, but we will consider them with relevant officers and partners, so please use the survey link above to keep sharing ideas.

Huge thanks to the partners who joined us for this event providing information and giving out community safety information, including Reading Police; Abbey Ward Councillors; the University; the Community Alcohol Partnership and Change Grow Live (who offer support to reduce harm from alcohol and drugs); Street Pastors (who deliver first aid and welfare support in the town); and youth organisations, including The Mustard Tree and Brighter Futures for Children.

People looking around display stalls at a Safer Streets event in the Council Chambers
People talking to police at a stall about Safter Streets outside the Civic Offices
Display stand showing suggestions on how to make Reading safer.