St Albans is competing against Nottingham and Belfast in the ‘Developing the Evening and Night Time Economy’ category.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Bristol University on 3 July. The judges are looking for evidence of successful partnership initiatives and a proactive but careful approach to managing the night-time economy.
Cllr Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism at the District Council, said: “It is very encouraging that the ATCM has recognised the work that the Council and its partners are doing. We take the safety and prosperity of our community very seriously, and are glad that our shared initiatives are making a difference.”
The Council’s entry shows how it is working with partner organisations to achieve a safe and vibrant night-time economy for the City.
For example, in partnership with the police, it has introduced Licensing Compliance Officers to check premises and identify any problems. The Council and the police are also tackling issues that arise at licensed premises by agreeing action plans with the licensees.
The Council also works with the Drug and Alcohol Group and Joint Agency Group to help tackle crime and disorder.
Cllr Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism at St Albans City and District Council
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St Albans City and District Council works in partnership are with the following groups to help manage the night-time economy:
• The Joint Agency Group. This is made up of representatives from the St Albans Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership. It includes officers from: Hertfordshire Constabulary, St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, Youth Connexions, Waste Management, Licensing, Community Safety, Trading Standards, Housing Associations, Parking Enforcement, Crime Prevention and Hertfordshire Probation.
• Drug and Alcohol Group. This group targets people with drug and alcohol issues. It also tackles related issues such as anti-social behaviour. The group comprises: Hertfordshire Constabulary, St Albans City and District Council, Youth Connexions, Licensing, Community Safety, Hertfordshire Drug and Alcohol groups.
• Hertfordshire Licensing Officers Group. This is the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Licensing Officers Group. It is made up of licensing officers from all the local authorities within Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, plus all the licensing police staff within these counties. The aim of the group is to discuss best practice around licensing, and current trends and updates throughout both counties.