Torbay commits to working together to address town centre issues
The group were grateful to Hooper’s Department store for convening the meeting today to discuss ongoing concerns about anti-social behaviour and begging in the town centre and particularly around the harbour area. The meeting was attended by retailers, the police, local council, Chamber of Commerce, charitable organisations, local MP and the press. The group confirmed its commitment to work together to act to address these issues for the benefit or business, our residents and visitors to our town.
Retailers explained how the theft, begging and mess left behind by some individuals was having a serious impact on their trade, customers and staff. There were concerns expressed about the resources available to successfully address the problem. However, the group are determined to galvanise the energies local retailers and work together with the police, local council and charitable organisations to build on best practice ideas which have been proven to work in other areas. They will be looking at measures to make an instant impact, to establish structures that can deliver benefits in the medium term and to develop a longer-term strategy to deliver sustainable improvements. To be successful the town needs the support of all the retailers and businesses. The Torquay night-time network has shown how successful we can be and what huge improvements we can make when we work together we look forward to achieving even more success.
The group agreed to
- Immediate impact – Accept support from the police to undertake a survey in the harbour area enabling local retailers and businesses to design out crime wherever possible. For more information please contact John Doherty
- Medium term – Kevin Foster offered secretarial support to local business owner John Docherty who will be hosting an event and inviting local businesses to establish a retailer’s network to work closely with the police and Community Safety Partnership to keep this work moving forward. For more information please contact John Docherty at Dots Pantry, Union Street or email@example.com
- Long term- The Community Safety Partnership look forward to receiving the paper from local retailers proposing the setting up of town centre partnership structures to offer a sustainable solution. For more information please contact Richard Randle Jones