Statement From HDC on Recent Youth Related Crime and Disorder

On 21st June 2021, a number of District and Parish councillors met virtually with Sussex Police representatives and other professional agencies to consider a longer term response to some of the youth related crime and disorder experienced over recent months in Southwater village. The meeting was productive and an approach was agreed to work with the community in developing an action plan named ‘Project Southwater’ aimed at tackling some of the underlying causes of the behaviour which will be overseen by a group comprising local residents, councillors, businesses and other professional service providers. Some of the responses will be quicker to implement than others, however there is a strong commitment to work together and crucially with the community to solve some of the issues and better support local young people. Information will be available in the near future on how residents can get their voice heard and find out how to help with the response.