West Bridgford bars educated on tackling anti-social behaviour and drugs

28/6/19: Story and photograph courtesy of West Bridgford Wire www.westbridgfordwire.com

Cllr Rob Inglis (centre) visited the Botanist with Rushcliffe Borough Council Community Safety and Licensing Officers and Notts Police

A night time economy initiative in West Bridgford is helping to further educate bar owners and door staff on drugs and anti-social behaviour in their venues.

The joint initiative from Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire Police saw a dedicated evening of action earlier in June where officers from both organisations listened and engaged with staff at nine bars and restaurants in the town.

Premises were visited on Gordon Road, Central Avenue and Bridgford Road, backing up the town’s wider Pubwatch scheme.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: “West Bridgford is among our great places in the Borough for an evening out and safe for residents and visitors to enjoy some of our great outlets.

“However as with all destinations with a night time economy, businesses need support to identify and combat common issues that a small minority may bring to their premises.

“We had a great proactive response and feedback from staff at all outlets and this initiative made our connections with bar owners even stronger, so they and their customers can be reassured support is on hand should any issues arise over time.”

West Bridgford Inspector Craig Berry said: “The force continues to work with local partners to ensure safety of all our residents and our latest initiative demonstrates our support for Licensed premises in our joint effort to tackle anti-social behaviour and drugs.

“By working together with our partners, we can ensure that West Bridgford continues to be a safe place for everyone to enjoy.”

The Botanist bar on Bridgford Road in the town was among those to receive support on the night of action. General Manager Matt Dudgeon welcomed the support from both organisations.

He said: “We work hard to maintain our excellent reputation at The Botanist that this is an attractive place for a bite to eat or an evening out.

“The added support of the Council and Police teams is really valued so that we can all work together to ensure the venue and the West Bridgford night economy continues to be a place all can enjoy.”

The same evening a further exercise between the teams monitored any localised anti-social behaviour in conjunction with school and college exams finishing but no formal action was necessary. Engagement was also made with those attending West Bridgford Young People’s Centre.

Taxis were also stopped at random by Police and requested to drive to the Bridgford Road car park where vehicle and licence checks took place from Borough Council officers.