Published: Thursday, 18th Nov 2021

Hundreds of residents have shared ideas for making Bolton safer and their feedback will now be used to shape new priorities.

Earlier this year, Bolton Community Safety Partnership launched a survey asking residents for their views on crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.

The consultation ran for four weeks and received just under 400 responses, giving a valuable insight into the concerns and priorities of local people.

Initial findings show that residents listed drug dealing, speeding and rowdy or anti-social behaviour as the three biggest issues in their local area.

Asked how they would make Bolton safer, many respondents suggested closer working between key agencies and the local community, including through initiatives like neighbourhood watch groups.

Bolton Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Cllr Mudasir Dean, said:

“I am grateful to everyone who took time to complete the survey.

“We received a wide range of responses from residents of all ages and backgrounds, giving us a real understanding of what matters to people in Bolton when it comes to community safety.

“We understand this is a key area of concern for many in Bolton and these ideas will now have a direct impact on Bolton Community Safety Partnership’s priorities.”

Bolton Community Safety Partnership is made up of local organisations who work together to make the borough safer by reducing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour.

Members include statutory agencies like Bolton Council, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and health providers as well as the probation and youth justice services.

They work with others such as housing providers and charities or community groups through Bolton CVS.