The Cathedral Quarter BID and St Peters Quarter area will be represented at the summit meeting. Both welcomed moves by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa to bring together partners to better tackle the issue of street drinking in the city centre.
The area known as St Peters Quarter, which is the core retail part of the city centre between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre, was previously designated as the St Peters Quarter BID area. However, in the vote to renew the area’s BID status it was unsuccessful as a result of a split vote 50/50 in August.
Business representatives are developing a new plan which will be put to the vote by all businesses in the area in February next year to re-establish the area as a BID.
A key focus in the new business plan is to provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy. This is in line with feedback from businesses with 97% saying that crime and anti-social behaviour was the most important issue in the area and 60% ranking the area as being quite or very unsafe.
Under the new plan, it is proposed to spend more than £300,000 over the next five years on this priority by re-introducing the Rangers, paying for more police in the area, establishing a Business Crime Reduction Scheme and providing better lighting and controlled access to private yards and alleyways. The St Peters Quarter BID would also contribute again towards the monitoring of CCTV in partnership with the Cathedral Quarter and Derby City Council.
Helen Wathall, managing director of G Wathall & Son funeral directors in Macklin Street is chair of the interim St Peters Quarter Board which is spearheading the development of the new business plan.
She said: “There is no doubt that a key concern amongst local businesses in this central part of the city centre is crime and anti-social behaviour and the issue of street drinking is at the core to many of the problems and negative perceptions in this area.
“We very much welcome the proactive stance that the Police and Crime Commissioner has taken on this issue and look forward to feeding back the views and concerns of businesses in this area.
“This meeting comes at a crucial time in the plans to re-establish this area as the St Peters Quarter BID.
“I hope there will be a positive outcome which we can incorporate in our business plan and report back to the local businesses ahead of the re-ballot in February 2017.”
Businesses in the Cathedral Quarter, which has been established as a Business Improvement District (BID) for the past eight years identified crime and anti-social behaviour as a key priority in its business plan as part of its objective to enhance the visitor experience.
Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Board said: “By coming together with key agencies in the city, I hope that we can tackle the issue of street drinking which has a negative impact on the lifestyle experience for visitors and people working in this area.
“The Cathedral Quarter Rangers have a particularly important role in tackling this issue as they work closely with the Police and other agencies in tackling issues which impact upon the visitor experience and affect businesses in certain areas and at certain times.
“We also contribute to the cost of monitoring CCTV at weekends, bank holidays and during key events.
“I hope that, by bringing everyone around the table, we can maximise resources and make a real difference.”
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Posted on Monday 12th December 2016