Organisations across Wyre Forest are working together to help keep the district’s town centres safe, clean, vibrant and prosperous places to live, work and visit.
A new coordinated partnership called “Team Wyre Forest” is tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and addressing environmental and other issues affecting people living, working and visiting Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport town centres.
Team Wyre Forest brings together representatives from Wyre Forest District Council, West Mercia Police, Safer Wyre Forest and a range of other partners including Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport Town Councils.
Each agency brings to the table a range of expertise and experience that can assist in resolving issues more effectively than any ‘go-it-alone’ approach.
The Chief Constable of West Mercia Police David Shaw is supporting the partnership by granting Civil Enforcement Officers from Wyre Forest District Council certain powers through the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).
It means the accredited officers – wearing special CSAS badges on their uniforms and carrying identification cards - can take part in joint patrols with police.
Councillor Sally Chambers, Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said: “Team Wyre Forest is a collaborative partnership working at its very best. It is helping improve services and the quality of life of people living, working and visiting our three town centres. The dynamic tasking and sharing of priorities is key to the way the group works.”
Councillor Ian Hardiman, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Operational Services said: “I am delighted to support Team Wyre Forest. It formalises the day to day way we have been working for some time and allows new issues to be dealt with promptly.
“By working closely with all parties who have a vested interest in making our town centres great places without duplication of effort, we can make services more efficient and responsive to our town centres’ needs.”
Inspector Mark Wilkes of West Mercia Police said: "The Team Wyre Forest approach is a natural progression of previous partnership activity, which has benefited communities, across the district.
“I feel privileged to be part of an initiative which will continue this work to the benefit of people who use the town centres of Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport."