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Keeping the Medway community clean, green and safe

Posted on 13 April 2022

Over 500 people attended a recent ‘Safer Streets’ two-day community event held at Rochester Riverside’s public plaza in partnership with Hyde, Countryside, and the Medway Task Force.

Implementing the work of the Home Office ‘Safer Streets’ initiative was the main focus for the Medway Taskforce. The Safer Streets initiative focusses on the safety of women and girls in public spaces. As Rochester is as a safe place to live, work and visit, the aim was prevention and empowerment of people, especially young women, to boost their confidence to enjoy the parks, restaurants and events held locally, while out with friends and family.

As part of the initiative Kent Police handed out over 800 mini personal alarms purse cables, card defenders and anti-drink spiking packs at the event.

The highlight for children was the arrival of the fire engines from local stations including Rochester. Fire prevention advice and information was shared with adults while the young people explored the fire trucks, tried on the protective equipment and sat in the cab,

The Medway Environmental Team gave advice and information on environmental protection. They gave out over 200 items, including bags to recycle plastic, glass, paper, food, and garden waste, with the overarching message that everyone can make a difference by supporting these simple initiatives.

Guy Slocombe, our Chief Investment Officer, said: “Community engagement and environmental protection are essential to all of the partners at Rochester Riverside. The Safer Streets event was a great opportunity to meet and hear from our customers and people from the neighbouring areas about safety and environmental issues. The turnout was amazing, and I’m delighted so many people took the time to come along and meet with us and our partners and enjoy the day.”