Bonfire night and Halloween are spectacular occasions enjoyed across the community but
can also cause serious accidents and anti-social behaviour.
Lambeth Council is working in partnership with the police and fire service to ensure Bonfire Night and Halloween go with a bang and we want as many people as possible to enjoy our free organised firework display in Clapham Common, at 7.30pm, on Friday, November 5. However, this time of year traditionally sees a sharp rise in anti-social behaviour and crime.
As the next phase of our BIG Difference Campaign focuses attention upon Community Safety we are encouraging residents to take full advantage of the anti-social behaviour reporting line. By playing your part and reporting anti-social behaviour, keeping possessions safe, joining your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, and travelling safely, we can make Lambeth an even safer place to live, work, and visit.
As a co-operative council we want to join forces with our residents as we work around the clock to keep Lambeth safe throughout Halloween and Bonfire Night and into the festive season and New Year. The Safer Lambeth Partnership will see Trading Standards and Police monitor shops licensed to sell fireworks and are ready to investigate reports of unlawful selling of fireworks to under-18s. Local Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams will work evening and night shifts before and after Halloween and Bonfire Night, we are sending letters about unacceptable use of fireworks and tough action will be taken against those involved in the misuse of fireworks. In addition our team of Park Rangers will be out on patrol seven days a week.
Cllr Rachel Heywood, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:
“I always look forward to Bonfire Night and Halloween and like lots of people in Lambeth I like to go out and enjoy the fireworks. This year, as a co-operative council, we are calling on residents to play their part to make these exciting nights go with a bang, but also to help keep Lambeth a safe and fun place to live, work, and visit, by reporting anti-social behaviour. We do see a rise in anti-social behaviour and accidents at this time of year and that is why the BIG Difference Community Safety Campaign encourages residents to take greater responsibility for their personal safety by taking an active role in their local community. It’s
your community, so help us make a difference”
For more information on the borough’s organised firework display at Clapham Common, call 020 7926 6207 or visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/fireworks
Anyone who believes a shop to be selling fireworks to young people can contact Lambeth Trading Standards on 020 7926 6109. To report incidents of anti-social behaviour contact the anti-social behaviour reporting line on 020 7926 4000.
For further information on Lambeth Council’s BIG Difference Community Safety Campaign visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/BigDifference/CommunitySafety/index.htm