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Community Safety Partnership

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) were set up as statutory bodies at district and unitary local authority level under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The responsible authorities are required to work together to develop and implement strategies to protect their local communities from crime and to help people feel safe. This includes developing local approaches to deal with issues including anti-social behaviour, drug or alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and re-offending. In doing so, they work in partnership with a range of other local public, private, community and voluntary groups and with the wider community.

Community Safety Partnerships are required to prepare a partnership plan informed by an annual joint strategic assessment. The administration for the partnerships is a statutory duty of the relevant local authority.


Statutory partners

Ashford Borough Council’s statutory partners include representation from the following agencies:

  • Kent Police
  • Kent County Council (Community Safety)
  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service
  • Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company and/or National Probation Service
  • Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group

The above statutory partners each have voting rights.

Other partners

  • Ashford Borough Council Member – Portfolio Holder for Highways, Wellbeing and Safety
  • Ashford Domestic Abuse Forum
  • Kent County Council Member
  • Early Help and Preventative Services/Local Children’s Partnership Group (KCC)
  • Head Teachers Forum
  • Tenterden Town Council

Other agencies are invited to attend as appropriate.

The chair alternates yearly between the local authority and Kent Police.


The Community Safety Partnership produce an annual strategic assessment which provides information and understanding of community safety issues within the borough of Ashford.

The priorities for 2021-22 have been identified as follows:

  • Tackling violence;
  • Tackling domestic abuse and sexual offences;
  • Tackling anti-social behaviour;
  • Building community capacity and increasing public confidence.

View the Community Safety Partnership Rolling Action Plan [pdf] 579KB.

Community Safety Unit

The Community Safety Unit (CSU) is the operational group that sits below the Strategic Community Safety Partnership. The CSU meet monthly with various partners to discuss particular issues and suggest solutions and initiatives at a local level. They also act as the single point of contact for any community safety related issues.

Agencies involved include:

  • Kent Police
  • Ashford Borough Council (Community Safety, Housing, Parking, Licensing, Planning, Environmental, Fraud, Revenue and Benefits and more)
  • Housing Associations
  • KCC Community Wardens
  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service
  • Ashford Partnership Against Crime (APAC)
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse Services – both youth and adult
  • Ashford Street Pastors
  • Sk8side and Uprising Youth Services
  • KCC Trading Standards
  • Age UK
  • Ashford Mediation Service

Various multi-agency initiatives and operations are undertaken throughout the year to tackle problem areas within the borough.


Email the Ashford Borough Council Community Safety Unit.