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Safer Streets

Specifically targeting Birtley and Lamesley, Safer Streets in Gateshead uses a multi-agency, problem solving approach to community safety in addressing three priority areas:

  1. Reducing ASB, crime, and the impact on the local community
  2. Improving environmental and housing standards in the local area
  3. Improving community facilities and access to services, including those for young people.

In the coming weeks and months, we will provide further details as to how we will work towards achieving these priorities by tackling issues at their root cause, and providing rapid and responsive solutions to community issues. We will do this with the support of a broad range of key partners, including the council's Housing and Environmental services teams, Northumbria Police, elected members and mental health services.

Reporting anti-social behaviour

ASB can include issues such as noise nuisance, animal nuisance, harassment, and rubbish accumulation. It can have a very detrimental effect on communities and should be reported.  

If you witness criminal behaviour, such as hate crime, domestic abuse, drug dealing or criminal damage, report it to the police immediately. 

Safer Streets Community Fund

The Safer Streets Community Fund offers grants of between £250 up to £1,000 for any organisations delivering services in with Birtley and Lamesley. The only condition is the project must contribute towards the Safer Streets priorities. 

To apply for funding, please complete the application form (PDF) [35KB] and return it to

Whilst we can't guarantee that all bids will be successful, the team will offer all applications further advice and guidance and do what they can to support the project.

Contacting the Safer Streets team

For more information, if you have questions, or if you are interested in getting involved in one of the many Safer Streets events taking place, email the team at