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?
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.