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29 January 2019, 10:28 | Updated: 29 January 2019, 10:43
Residents and business will be able to talk with local services about the positive work being done to respond to community safety concerns in Penzance at a drop-in event on Tuesday 29 January.
Organised by the Safer Penzance partnership, local residents and businesses are invited to come and talk to key agencies and services that have been working together to address continuing concerns about anti-social behaviour, and related drug and alcohol problems, in the town centre.
The event will include the Police, Cornwall Council, Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Penzance Town Council, the Business Improvement District (BID), Addaction, St Petrocs, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and others.
Each will have information stands and staff available to talk with members of the public.
It will run all afternoon and into the early evening to make it possible for the greatest number of people to attend.
The Safer Penzance partnership has been working for many months to address underlying problems in the town.
Next month a new hub will open on the busy Causewayhead thoroughfare, where people will be able to report crime and anti-social behaviour incidents, and make appointments to raise any further concerns with representatives of local organisations.
Mayor of Penzance, Dick Cliffe, said, "We are committed to ensuring people feel safe in our town and other public spaces.
"We have to face harsh realities. Resources committed to public safety have diminished in Cornwall as across the whole country. We are having to find innovative ways of being more effective with less. Penzance Town Council is pleased to support Safer Penzance and the forthcoming town centre hub.
"I have previously stated we mustn't conflate rough sleeping and anti-social behaviour as being the same issue.
"An entirely different response to anti-social behaviour is needed, the perpetrators of which generally have homes.
Penzance will not tolerate anti-social behaviour.
"In a national context, Penzance, like all Cornish towns, is amongst the safer places to live and work in the country.
"Our aim is to keep it that way."
The Safer Penzance Community Event is from 1.30pm to 6.30pm on 29 January at St John’s Hall, Alverton Rd, Penzance TR18 2QW