Bi’ O’ Boris Jan 24th 2011

My Community Conversation with the Mayor in Waltham Forest

Sir, I run ‘Up Your Street’ and link to many isolated seniors who are scared to go

out of their houses. What strategies are you employing to enhance the lives of seniors in our

Borough in terms of reducing fear on our streets?

Answer

Fear of crime has an immense impact on older people in terms of isolation and loneliness. The

Mayor has pledged to identify and address the concerns of older people through monitoring of

crime figures. The GLA also supports inter-generational work as a means of breaking down fear

and mistrust between generations in local communities. The Mayor is also determined to award

appropriate importance to designing out crime when local planning and development decisions are

taken. He is also keen to encourage the presence of uniformed public servants in areas such as

streets, parks and stations, and sees visible police presence as both a deterrent to crime and to

provide reassurance to local communities.

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