Safety work part of new Sheffield scheme

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The number of city centre ambassadors and police in Sheffield could be increased under a scheme which goes to a vote this week.

The number of city centre ambassadors and police in Sheffield could be increased under a scheme which goes to a vote this week.

On Thursday businesses across the city centre will begin to vote yes or no on plans for the first business improvement district in Sheffield.

The initiative would work by imposing a levy on businesses and using that cash - expected to total £800,000 a year - on projects such as parking schemes and making the city centre busier.

A final prospectus for businesses also says that another priority would be creating a safer daytime and nighttime environment.

The report says: “We know our city is relatively safe but there is always more to be done.

“We will make our city even safer by investing in a safer City Centre

team who will respond to BID area priorities and provide a friendly face to the city which will include an additional police presence and additional PCSOs.

“We know our city centre a ambassadors are well thought of.

“We will increase their numbers to help provide an even more friendly face to the city.”

The prospectus also says that current policies on anti-social behaviour, especially around street drinking and begging, would be reviewed.

To make the city feel cleaner, the BID would ‘enhance existing cleaning services’ at key gateways into the city and as part of the night-time economy, as well as cigarette related litter.

A free street level graffiti removal service would also be provided for BID levy payers.

And the prospectus added: “We will provide seasonal colour to our city centre thoroughfares with street art, banners and planting.”

Voting on the Sheffield BID project will last for a month.

Sheffield Council is also expected to provide £200,000 a year in funding towards the scheme, so that it will total £1m of spending power annually.