Money made available to tackle anti-social behaviour in Ashton St. Peter’s
Wednesday 7th February 2018 @ 16:26 by Lee Wild
Ashton News

Money seized from criminals is to be put back into local communities under new plans unveiled by Greater Manchester Police.

“Giving Back” will see money given to individuals, organisations and groups which are helping to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods. Greater Manchester Police say it’s part of their commitment to “listen and work with people to tackle the issues that matter most to them.”

The money will come from the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS) which helps the force use money taken from criminals to help the community.

Between £500-£2,000 is available for anyone in the Ashton St. Petersl’s ward and GMP want to hear from anyone with an idea where the money should be spent.

Chief Superintendent Paul Savill from Greater Manchester Police said: “It’s crucial that the people who live in our area have the final say on how funding is allocated as part of this scheme. We worked hard to find out which issues matter most to communities so it’s only right that we ask them to decide how it can best be tackled.

“By working together and putting money gained illegally back into our areas we can continue to create happier, healthier and safer place to live, work and enjoy.”

GMP welcomes ideas from individuals, groups or organisations for innovative projects that focus on tackling antisocial behaviour and make their neighbourhood a better place to live.

They’re set to hold an event where applicants who are successful at the first stage of the application to present their ideas in front of people from the community. They’re asking for as many people as possible to come along, judge the ideas and vote for a winner.

Tameside Council deputy leader, Cllr John Taylor, said: “This is a great opportunity for community groups and individuals to obtain funding to put their ideas into practice or further existing projects. We are determined to tackle and prevent anti-social behaviour and would welcome innovative ideas to help.”

If you think you or a group/organisation you’re involved with have a great idea to help tackle antisocial behaviour visit www.gmp.police.uk/givingback to apply to the scheme.

For more information on “Giving Back” in St Peter’s or to submit an electronic application form please email [email protected]

Paper applications can be picked up and dropped off at the following location:

· The New Charter Hub, 2 Henrietta Street, Ashton- under- Lyne,OL6 6EF (Open Mon-Wed 9am – 4.30pm and Fri 9am – 4pm)

· Action Together, 95-97 Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6EP (Open Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm)

A support day to assist applicants is being held at Holy Trinity Community Centre, Dean Street, Ashton, between 2pm to 4pm on Monday 12th February for help with the process.

Applications close midnight on 24th February, after which a public event will be held for those who are successful at the application process to pitch their idea to the public. It will take place on 17th March from 1pm to 4pm at the Church of Nazarene, Stamford Street, Ashton, OL6 7LJ.