Partying punters who have visited Gloucester’s nightlife during a pedestrianisation trial in the city have been encouraged to give feedback to help support a permanent move for the scheme.
An online poll has been launched on the Citizen website asking revellers to vote for or against a permanent pedestrianisation of Eastgate Street on Friday and Saturday nights.
A six-month trial project launched in January, following a successful three week trial last April. Traffic is shut off from the area from 10.30pm until 5am.
The city’s Nightsafe group brought in the trial as part of a wider bid to improve city centre safety at night. Since the changes have been introduced police have seen a decrease in the number of violent offences and have hailed the success of an order excluding anti-social behaviour offenders from the city centre. A section 27 notice is handed out to public order offenders, removing them from the city centre to reduce flashpoints for trouble.
Nightsafe chairman, Jennie Dallimore, said: “We have heard how people in Gloucester did not feel safe at night and we have addressed that.
“That is now changing. Now we need to improve our evening economy offerings. We are calling on people who visit the city at night to give us their thoughts on the pedestrianisation in Eastgate Street.”
A new CitySafe scheme will unite day and night businesses in Gloucester for the first time when it launches on Thursday.
So far, 24 businesses have completed their applications to join up. More than 90 have been approached by co-ordinator Richard Burge.
Current radios used by ShopWatch will cease to work from 7am on Thursday. CitySafe businesses as part of the crime reduction partnership signed will have access to new radios, an intranent and the yellow card scheme to first warn, then ban anti social behaviour offenders.
At the latest Nightsafe meeting, Mr Burge said: “Most of the independent businesses have been very good, of the 90 I have visited, 98 per cent want to sign up. But the larger corporations are proving a bit more challenging. We are still negotiating, but whereas Asda was very quick to sign up, Tesco has been more challenging.
“I am confident that the scheme will work.
“I have a CCTV video that shows a very nasty incident in Liquid nightclub when a man was assaulted. That is an example of a straight exclusion.”
To have your say and vote in our poll.