Date: 22/05/2007 Category: Community Safety
Cllr Rehman Chishti will set out the council’s plans to get tough on anti-social behaviour and crime in Medway at a meet-and-greet in Chatham on Thursday, 24 May. He will spend the afternoon speaking to members of the public outside Woolworths in Chatham High Street between 1 and 3pm. Following the annual council meeting on Wednesday, 23 May, Cllr Chishti was appointed portfolio holder for Medway Council’s newly-created Community Safety and Enforcement portfolio. At 28-years-old he is Medway Council’s youngest-ever cabinet member. Cllr Chishti, who works as a barrister, will share his wealth of knowledge and experience with the council’s community safety and enforcement teams in the battle to combat drugs and anti-social behaviour, as well as overseeing the council’s CCTV and Community Safety Partnership TV (CSP TV) initiative. He will also be responsible for the council’s trading standards, enforcement, environmental health departments and Medway's Safer Communities Officers. Speaking about the forthcoming visit, Cllr Chishti said: “This visit will give the public an opportunity to see what we are doing to ensure the community’s safety. “We will be listening to what they have to say and the problems they have experienced. We want people to tell us what they want us to do to make Medway a better place for everyone, which can only be done by councillors, the police and residents all working together.” Cllr Chishti will be joined by officers from the Environmental Enforcement team, Medway Safer Communities and the town centre warden. As well as taking questions, they will be highlighting CSP TV, which was launched last March and keeps residents up to date with vital public information, safety messages and news and weather. Further information about community safety and the Medway Community Safety Partnership can be found at www.medway.gov.uk/communitysafety Media invite: Photographers, reporters and broadcast crews are invited to attend a media event between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday, 24 May outside Woolworths in Chatham High Street. To attend please contact Laura Patrick.