Love The Lane – a group set up by Wilmslow resident and town councillor, Julie Dawn Potts – is set to receive community funding to help deter criminals in the Chapel Lane area of Wilmslow.
Love The Lane aims to help promote local businesses on Chapel Lane, as well as bringing local residents and other stakeholders together.
Since the first national lockdown in March, the group has grown as more and more people began working from home and others sought to alleviate social isolation.
The group recruited volunteers to help deliver food and medicines to the vulnerable and elderly.
While out in the community, they were also able to talk to local people about their priorities for community safety.
As a result, the group submitted a successful bid to the police and crime commissioner’s Community Policing Fund which will help pay for a range of measures aimed at deterring criminals and providing peace of mind in an area which has been the target of burglars.
The funding will provide packs for residents and shoppers which contain items such as door chains for PVC doors and LED bike lights.
Educational sessions will also be provided by a team of volunteers.
Mr Keane commented: “As many people will know, community policing is something I’m absolutely passionate about and this project just sums it up brilliantly.
“A community group that’s doing some fantastic work locally, working in partnership with our local police teams, have come together to create a project that will have huge benefits for residents.”
He added: “I’m delighted to have been able to help fund this scheme and really commend the work of Ms Potts and her community volunteers.”
In her application to the fund, Ms Potts said: “This funding would definitely help members of this local community who have been victims of crime such as burglary and fraud.”
The grant is one of 122 being handed out to each of the 122 policing communities in Cheshire.
Community police officers and PCSOs have been working with local residents to develop bids of up to £1,000 to fund projects which address local issues.
The money is generated from the seizure of assets of convicted criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and is part of an ongoing commitment to local communities.