Old East Village Presents Safety Plan

Old East Village hopes to be on the road to a safer neighbourhood come day’s end.

The Neighbourhood Safety Plan will be presented to the Community and Protective Services Committee Monday night. After nearly half a year of discussions, the plan has five areas of focus: neighbourhood engagement, community ownership, physical space, economy, and programs and services.

“Many of the recommendations are similar to the things we’ve been talking about in the neighbourhood for a number of years now,” says past President of the Old East Village Community Association Greg Thompson. “It just proves to me that the vision for the neighbourhood is fairly widely shared. The discussions we’ve had around kitchen tables have been largely echoed around the neighbourhood safety task force as well.”

Some of the recommendations the neighbourhood safety task force came up with are improving lighting, educating the public about safety resources in the community, and improving needle collection in the neighbourhood.

“A lot of the recommendations talk about strategies to increase neighbourhood engagement,” says Thompson. “It’s not a neighbourhood safety issue per se. When they talk about a neighbourhood safety plan, they’re┬áreally talking about the Dundas St. commercial corridor and the activities that happen on that corridor.”

The committee meeting gets underway at 7pm.