Everyone deserves to feel safe where they live. That’s why I’m working with North Wales Police to ensure Wrexham has its share of new police officers and increased budgets. Already, the UK Government is delivering on this: for the current year (2021-22) the Government has announced that it will increase Police budgets in North Wales by £9.6 million. This will also fund the addition of 76 new Police officers in Wales.
I also know many residents are concerned about HMOs – Houses in Multiple Occupation – or homes across our town that have been converted to house lots of people under the same roof. Sadly, in some areas of the town the emergence of this type of property has brought anti-social behaviour, increased litter and fly-tipping, and drug and alcohol misuse.
So I’m raising your concerns whilst I’m out with the Police, such as during their ‘Offa October’ campaign. And I’m working with Community Councils in affected areas to deliver a proper strategy to ensure the Police, Wrexham Council and the Community Councils are working together to find a solution.
Starting this summer, I am working with HMP Berwyn to reduce reoffending and create employment opportunities to get people out of the cycle of crime. In partnership with the prison, businesses leaders in Wrexham and individuals from with experience from similar projects, I will be part of an Advisory Board to help support employment opportunities for individuals as they leave HMP Berwyn.