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Community Groups Discuss PCSP Action Plan For Killyleagh
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THE Killyleagh community safety action plan is on its way.

The Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), PSNI, Youth Services, the County Down Rural Community Network, and local councillors met with community and sporting groups in Killyleagh recently to discuss the implementation of the Community Safety Action Plan for the area.

Members of the Down PCSP, Neighbourhood Police, local councillors and Killyleagh residents pictured before their recent meeting in the Bridge Centre.

Members of the Down PCSP, Neighbourhood Police, local councillors and Killyleagh residents pictured before their recent meeting in the Bridge Centre.

The Action Plan is being delivered in response following a recent public meeting in the Bridge Centre where the increase in anti-social behaviour in the Killyleagh was highlighted. A number of active community representatives put their names forward at the and met again on Thursday 24 October to brainstorm initiatives to help improve community safety.

The group highlighted a number of positive measures including developing programmes for young people during the weekends; graffiti removal projects; and development of an anti-social behaviour leafle

PCSP Chairman Councillor Willie Clarke said: “I am pleased that local representatives attended the meeting and brought forward so many innovative ideas for addressing community safety. This group will be vital in engaging with the local people and ensuring sustainability of programmes following the action plan.”

To ensure the success of the action plan a constituted group will be formed at an open meeting on Wednesday 13 November 2013 at 7pm in the Bridge Centre. The PCSP is urging  Killyleagh residents to attend the meeting, support the action plan, and to get  involved. Young people are particularly welcome.

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Walker Calls For Solid Community Support At Meeting

Councillor Billy Walker said: “I would like to see a really good support from the local people of Killyleagh to the meeting coming up in the Bridge Centre on the 13 November.  We will be forming a new community group for Killyleagh on the back of this Down PCSP initiative

“The group will then be able to access key funding for local projects. Recently Crossgar and Shrigley community associations have have been active and gone down this road so there is no reason why the people of Killyleagh can’t avail of the funding opportunities available.

“I am willing to give 100% to this cause but we do need the committment of people from the community to come forward and make the push. So far a number of good people have put their name forward but we need more. We want an effective group to help community groups draw down funding.

“We will have to set up a fully constituted group but that is just a formality. One of the needs in Killyleagh identified is to upgrade the local playpark. This can be done but we do need a strong team to bring these ideas forward. So I am hoping for a good turn out at the Bridge Centre meeting. Bring along a friend and get involved!”