Street drinking is to be targeted as part of a campaign to make Wellingborough town centre ‘the safest place it can possibly be.’
Traders in Wellingborough have teamed up with the police to find ways to improve the town centre, with the first of a series of meetings called Coffee with Cops held last week.
The meeting, which will take place every quarter, was organised by Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by businesses and works to promote the town centre through the Discover Wellingborough campaign.
Business owners and representatives said the town was a ‘pleasant place to do business’ but raised street drinkers and cyclists riding on pavements as current issues.
BID manager John Cable said: “We believe that Wellingborough is the safest place to visit and shop in the county with low crime rates and increasing anecdotal evidence to support this.
“Our new Coffee with Cops initiative is about ensuring we make the town centre the safest place it can possibly be.
It’s the safest it’s been in five years.Sanjai Tailor
“There is still scope to make improvements and this can be done more effectively by working together.”
Sgt Simon Moreton, of Wellingborough Town Centre Safer Community Team, said the police would look into the issue of street drinkers and were planning a crackdown on cyclists riding on pavements.
He said: “What we are trying to do is improve the image of the town centre by making it a nice place to come and shop – and we will take robust action to ensure we continue to have a safe town centre.”
Managing director of Silver Street store J Rowlatt & Sons Ltd Richard Rowlatt said: “The town centre is now a pleasant place to do business – it’s much better than it was a few years ago.
“I think the co-ordinated approach by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District in promoting the town centre has played a large part in this.”
Sanjai Tailor runs the Kingfisher pub in High Street, Rafferty’s pub in Market Street and the Night Temple & Pure nightclub in Silver Street and said: “We have definitely noticed a marked improvement in anti-social behaviour in the town centre. “It’s the safest it’s been in the five years I have been running pubs.”
Anyone interested in attending future Coffee with Cops meetings can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details go to www.wellingboroughbid.com.