Campaign launched to support Uttlesford's farming community

A new campaign to support the farming community in Uttlesford got underway in Debden and Wimbish last week.

The Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership (CSP) initiative - called 'Reaching our rural communities' - aims to reach every farm across the district over the next 12 months. It will see members of the partnership carrying out visits to land and farm owners to provide wellbeing, crime prevention and fire safety advice.

The aims of the campaign are to:

·       provide reassurance around the fear of crime and up to date methods on how to report crime

·       provide details and joining instructions for Farm Watch and Neighbourhood Watch

·       provide advice about the Farming Community Network Charity and National Farmers' Union

·       raise awareness of domestic abuse, how to report it, and where to reach out for help

·       conduct high visibility policing patrols

·       carry out fire safety visits, focussing on farm outbuildings and providing advice to prevent fires/explosions

·       tackle loneliness and isolation by offering advice on clubs and networks specifically targeted to land/farm owners

Cllr Colin Day, Uttlesford District Council's Portfolio Holder for Communities, said the team was "well received" during the first event in Debden and Wimbish and that it was "a positive start for the campaign".

He added: "We know that farmers and land owners can feel isolated and have issues around crime that specifically affects them. We want to listen, support and understand what they are telling us.

"Uttlesford is largely rural and has a big farming community. The initial part of the campaign is to identify working farms, to tackle these important issues and to build on existing relationships."

The CSP organisations involved in the campaign include Essex Police's Rural Engagement Team, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, Uttlesford District Council, CVSU (the Council for Voluntary Services Uttlesford) and Neighbourhood Watch, as well as the Farming Community Network charity and the National Farmers' Union.

For more information about the CSP, visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk/csp.

29 June 2021

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