Feedback on Stronger, Safer Communities


Feedback on Stronger, Safer Communities

What people told us in the consultation about the aim for stronger safer communities.

Outcome: Provision of Good Housing Advice, Affordable and Decent Housing Stock

All statements apply equally to public and businesses and organisations:

The most agreement is with the housing needs support action and improving private sector conditions, by 9 out of 10 respondents.

Offering housing options has the second highest level of agreement. 8 out of 10 people agree with developing affordable homes and supporting more home ownership.

However, when it comes to the top priority the most popular activities are improving the condition of the private rented sector and developing more affordable homes. Offering more options is the least selected as a priority.

Suggested additions or amendments are:

  • Tackle rogue landlords
  • Sort out empty properties and get them rented out at affordable price
  • More small houses for those not eligible for social housing but can't afford high market prices
  • Remove high earning tenants from social housing or charge them full market rent
  • Deliver more affordable homes, but place in small groups in villages not large developments
  • Housing on brownfield sites
  • Give housing by priority to those seeking work on low incomes
  • Promote shared ownership
  • Work with the local community
  • Enforce development of badly maintained or empty homes
  • Ensure developers meet affordable housing targets and don't negotiate out of their responsibilities
  • Local parish councils to identify suitable sites, Neighbourhood Plans must be done by parishes looking at housing and employment sites as well.
  • More 1 and 2 bedroom houses for working families on lower incomes.
  • Only put new homes where there are good transport and public transport links
  • More first time buyer property
  • Council has a clause in contracts to employ local people, link housing construction with apprenticeships and training
  • Build council houses
  • Speedier planning process
  • Sustainable for the environment
  • Funds should be spent on social housing, not improving the private sector
  • Low rent housing for young couples in villages
  • More references about housing for demographic changes like more extra care housing in villages
  • Encourage house building that balances between local need and bringing in more affluent and younger people to balance demographics.
  • Support older people wanting to downsize but remain in their local area
  • Robust sound insulation
  • Solar panels and measures for energy efficiency
  • Better education of young people about their housing rights and responsibilities
  • Working in partnership with housing associations, other authorities, voluntary and community groups to avoid duplication of work, especially connected to concerns on staff cutbacks and resources to deliver plans.


Outcome:  Safer communities and reduction in anti-social behaviour

Nearly everyone agreed with reducing anti-social behaviour and improving road safety and 9 out of 10 support reducing domestic violence and repeat offending as crime priorities.

Two thirds of respondents felt anti-social behaviour was the top priority.

Very little in the way of direct comments or responses from businesses and local organisations.

Suggested additions were:

  • Training and job opportunities for offenders project
  • Probation support offered in Rother
  • More policing, more PCSOs, more traffic wardens,  more enforcement against offences
  • CCTV/Security cameras
  • Punish the parents
  • More for young people to do: positive projects, sports, leisure, modern version of youth clubs, engage them in Council projects and in representing other young people as local councillors at all levels
  • Education programmes on substance abuse
  • Encourage establishment of community groups and work with them to identify problems and solutions: StreetWatch pilot project
  • One organisation to take total responsibility for ASB and be one point of contact
  • Traffic calming measures
  • Better access to information and ways to find support/reporting for the public, better communication between public bodies
  • Address dog fouling
  • Add no street drinking order
  • Address increasing number of noise complaints
  • Provide a graffiti wall
  • Continue Street Pastors, ensure they continue
  • Night time economy, more activity to make people feel safer with others around
  • Prioritise Battle, largest amount of ASB in the district.


Outcome:  Promoting active and healthy lifestyles

Nearly 9 out of 10 people agree with the action 'encouraging physical participation' and more than 8 out of 10 agree with the actions 'developing facilities' and 'communicating healthy lifestyles'.

The most selected priority was developing facilities, selected by 6 out of 10.  Just under 1 in 4 said their priority was community health lifestyles.  1 in 5 selected encouraging physical participation as a priority, despite this area having higher levels of agreement.

In summary proposed additions and changes were:

  • Bowling alley
  • New swimming pool should be larger size, but still have a slide and wave machine
  • Capacity to have both new Leisure Centre and still keep Ravenside location as a facility
  • Tree planting and pocket parks
  • More activities for teenagers and children, preferably low cost for lower income families
  • Footpath maintenance to encourage walking, children to walk to school, community walks
  • Green gym, outdoor physical projects, using volunteers, support local groups
  • Don't do any of these, save money for priorities.
  • Activities should be age related but not segregated, set up or support setting up local groups
  • More facilities in Battle, Robertsbridge, Rye by developing at secondary schools and making accessible to public, including facilities or activities in villages
  • Beach cleaning
  • Badminton facilities
  • Make affordable so that those that most need it can afford to use it
  • Ice rink
  • Ramps and dropped kerbs near to parks
  • Promote bowls
  • Encourage and provide better access to natural environment
  • Add promotion of healthy diet as part of a healthy lifestyle
  • More, better communication on events and activities, including online, and also promote the wider benefits of being active: health, development and crime prevention.
  • Add walking and cycling specifically, including cycle routes, project with employers to promote going to work without a car, community walks, added to new developments


Outcome:  Addressing Deprivation and Welfare Needs

Highest agreement, more than 9 out of 10, on the action 'monitoring deprivation'.  9 out of 10 agree with 'supporting community development' and 'supporting the voluntary sector'. Just under 9 out of 10 agree with the action 'managing the changes to welfare reform'.

One third of respondents prioritised 'supporting community development' and one third prioritised 'supporting the voluntary sector'.  One in five prioritised 'responding to welfare reform' and a little over one in ten prioritised 'monitoring deprivation levels'.

Proposed additional projects were:

  • Council Tax Support Scheme
  • Fuel and energy efficiency advice
  • More advice, support CAB, advice centre/hub, particularly for young people
  • Project for those who cannot afford food or rent
  • Support more provision of jobs, voluntary work
  • Benefit staff to target getting benefits to vulnerable groups.
  • Increase fraud enforcement.
  • Education programmes: budgeting, job search, food management, right to social housing, computer skills and online access
  • Employers to pay living wage
  • Councillors research needs and report back to Council
  • Projects needed in many villages
  • Tackle private landlords
  • Lobby government
  • Help older people stay in their own homes
  • Enterprise Centre, including social supermarket
  • Welfare reform
  • Welfare to work
  • Accountability project
  • Collaborate with health agencies
  • Faster broadband and supporting Agile working practices


Outcome:  Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Agreement was 8 out of 10 for assessing changes to services but the top priority for one third of respondents. 9 out of 10 agreed with engaging with the voluntary sector and that was the top priority for two thirds of respondents.

There were very few comments submitted by any group or individual.

Comments and suggested additions were about rural isolation, digital divide and opportunities to be engaged in consultation and service design, rather than race, disability, religion, gender, sexuality, etc.  Age wasn't much mentioned either, although well covered elsewhere.


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