Have a great night out - but make sure you stay safe
Published on: 20 Dec 2017
REVELLERS on nights out in Chipping Sodbury and Kingswood over the festive season are being helped to stay safe.
South Gloucestershire Council teamed up with partners including police to run a night safe campaign during December.
The aim is to reduce incidents of alcohol-related disorder and to ensure everyone enjoys the festive season.
The council has joined forces with Avon and Somerset Police, Safe and Sound taxi marshal service providers, Pastor volunteer support services and Chipping Sodbury and Kingswood Pubwatch schemes for the campaign, which aims to:
* Prevent the escalation of low level incidents
* Prevent increased demand on police resources, ambulance service and hospital admissions
* Prevent increased incidents of alcohol, drug related violence, anti-social behaviour, and criminal damage
* Reduce the fear of crime.
Cabinet member for communities Councillor Heather Goddard said: "In town centres where there are several bars and restaurants located close together, a heavy drinking culture can develop which in turn can lead to negative consequences related to crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
"We are working with partners to promote safety and wellbeing, and to make sure all of our residents are able to enjoy a safe night over the festive period.
"Similar campaigns have been run in previous years which have been well received by people enjoying a night out and those living near the bars and restaurants."
Throughout the campaign, the council will be working with partners to increase the operation hours for existing taxi and street marshals, employing an additional marshal at each location, distributing bottled water and promotional material with key messages to stay safe, and talking to licensed venues to provide support and awareness of hate crime.
The scheme launched in Chipping Sodbury on December 2. Further dates include Friday December 22, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.