Appeal to Join Weston Pubwatch and help rid town of ‘unsafe’ image

Chris Partridge, chairman of Weston’s Pubwatch scheme and manager of The Cabot Court Hotel in Knightstone Road, is calling on those running licensed premises to get involved in the scheme. 

Weston’s Pubwatch meets six times per year and works closely with Avon and Somerset Constabulary, North Somerset Council and the town centre BID team. 

Members can access the radio link scheme which allows businesses to talk to one another directly and share information on troublemakers as well as a banned persons database, at a cost of L50 per year. 

Mr Partridge said in an open letter to the town’s businesses: “Running licensed premises gets harder every year but one consistent struggle in our business is maintaining a safe environment for our customers and staff. 

“Being part of a Pubwatch scheme can bring real benefits to the local community, economy and your business. I don’t know about you but I personally am sick of hearing that Weston is not a safe place to go out, that the town is full of under 18s, troublemakers, drug users and that the best place to go out is Bristol or to stay indoors is the common message on social media. Together we can change this mind-set and encourage more people into our pubs and clubs.” 

Last year the Mercury reported that the town’s leaders had decided not to apply for a Purple Flag safety mark after a rising crime rate and a lack of public toilets were cited as stumbling blocks.

Mr Partridge also slammed the latest ‘Neknomination’ craze currently sweeping social media after spotting the trend in Weston, the Mercury reported last week. He added: “As individuals we have power within our business but as a collective we can be much stronger. Nationwide, Pubwatch schemes have proven to be successful in the fight against crime in our industry. Creating a united stand against crime and disorder, antisocial behaviour, drugs, aggressive and violent acts we can send a strong message to anybody causing trouble in the town with our ‘banned from one, banned from all’ agreement.” 

To get in touch about joining the Weston Pubwatch scheme, email at cpartridge@jdwetherspoon.co.uk

Story courtesy of Mecury24 www.thewestonmercury.co.uk