Extra policing and street drinking action

Peter Sephton, chairman of SCRRAG residents' action group
Peter Sephton, chairman of SCRRAG residents' action group
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A raft of improvements suggested for Sheffield city centre include increasing its police presence and tackling street drinking.

The ‘safer’ section of the Sheffield BID draft prospectus recommends working with organisations to get drinkers off the streets and into a ‘wet room’ to get them the assistance they need.

To reduce business crime, the police presence could be increased as well as the number of city centre ambassadors, who could also work longer hours.

“We are getting some very positive messages from the police, that if the BID pays for an officer they would work on a ‘buy one get one free’ offer,” said chairman James Prince.

Night time marshal schemes could also be looked at as part of the project.

City centre resident Peter Sephton said people would also welcome improved security and better services to patrol the night time economy.

To make the city ‘easier to navigate’ and use, improved signs, better parking including a coach park, and developing disability access are suggested.

A cleaner city centre could involve a free graffiti and street cleaning team available to businesses.

David Stacker, owner of independent food business Nourish on Pinstone Street, which has been open for a year, said: “The levy seems like it would be a small price to pay for a big step up in how the business is going to be improved.

“A lot of independent businesses seem to moan and have the view that it is us and them.

“The BID bridges that gap.”

The majority of money will be spent on improvements, with 18 per cent paying for a manager and an assistant.