A COUNCIL has welcomed government funding to help tackle anti-social behaviour, violent crime and violence against women and girls.

Eastbourne Borough Council was part of a joint bid for the latest Safer Streets funding from the Home Office with the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and other partners.

A total of £1.5 million was awarded for Sussex, with Eastbourne initiatives including a taxi marshal scheme, a street pastor scheme, youth outreach work, the development of safe space and community development activities in the town centre, police patrols and additional CCTV support.

Councillor Rebecca Whippy, council cabinet member for disabilities and community safety, said: “Securing this funding will help make Eastbourne an even safer place to live and work in, as well as for our many visitors.

“I’m pleased part of our focus will be on improving people’s safety in the town centre, particularly at night, alongside tackling violence against women and girls.

“With our partners, we will now be engaging with local people, businesses and communities to move these important projects ahead.”

The funding for Sussex will allow a task force manager and project officer to work in communities to develop local solutions and ownership.