Published: Tuesday 27 July 2021

Cherry Tree Primary School in Lymm celebrated being successfully awarded funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) Community Action Fund.

The Primary School bid for a total of £4,445 so they could install a CCTV system in the grounds, following persistent incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB). Some of the equipment in the school play equipment was also subject to criminal damage.

Cherry Tree Primary School worked closely with the local PCSO helped the school to identify a number of solutions to remedy the problems.

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner, commented:

“It’s heartwarming to see the local policing team getting involved in projects like these. It helps to build rapport and relationships with the younger generation and teaches them the right approach. Also having a positive relationship between the police and the school helps to provide that consistent approach with regards to educating offenders who cause damage and distress to the area and the community.”

Helen Graham, Head Teacher of Cherry Tree Primary School, said:

"We were delighted to receive a grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office to install CCTV cameras on our school grounds. Once installed these cameras will help prevent acts of vandalism or any anti-social behaviour taking place on our grounds outside of school hours. They will ensure that our grounds and play equipment remain safe and in excellent condition for our children and members of our community."

John Dwyer added:

“The Fund was set up to empower community organisations to create a real difference in their local area. The application, submitted by Cherry Tree Primary School, highlighted the anti-social issues they were facing and the steps they wanted to take to tackle the issue.

“I am pleased I’ve been able to help through my Community Action Fund. The damage and consequences of the few who commit anti-social behaviour can be detrimental to many, and in this case some of the school equipment was damaged which the children utilize on a regular basis.”

More information about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is available here Community Action Fund (cheshire-pcc.gov.uk)