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New campaign aimed at farms in Uttlesford addresses issues of crime, fire prevention and wellbeing

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A new campaign to support Uttlesford's farming community has been launched.

The Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership (CSP) initiative – called ‘Reaching Our Rural Communities’ – aims to reach every farm in the district over the next 12 months.

CSP members will visit landowners and farmers to provide advice on wellbeing, crime prevention and fire safety. The aims of the campaign are to:

Farmers and members of the new farming support campaign launch the project in Debden and Wimbish (48936995)
Farmers and members of the new farming support campaign launch the project in Debden and Wimbish (48936995)
  • provide reassurance around fear of crime and advice on up-to-date methods on how to report crime;
  • provide details and joining instructions for Farm Watch and Neighbourhood Watch;
  • conduct high-visibility policing patrols;
  • advise about the Farming Community Network charity and National Farmers’ Union (NFU);
  • raise awareness of domestic abuse, how to report it and where to reach out for help;
  • carry out fire safety visits, focusing on outbuildings, and provide advice to prevent fires/explosions; and
  • tackle loneliness and isolation by offering advice on clubs and networks specifically targeted to land and farm owners.

Cllr Colin Day, Uttlesford District Council’s portfolio holder for communities, said the campaign got off to a positive start when the team was “well received” on its first event in Debden and Wimbish.

“We know that farmers and landowners can feel isolated and have issues around crime that specifically affects them. We want to listen, support and understand what they're telling us," said Cllr Day.

“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 are Essex Police’s rural engagement team, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Uttlesford District Council, the Council for Voluntary Services Uttlesford and Neighbourhood Watch, as well as the Farming Community Network charity and the NFU.

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

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