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Night-time crime solutions from other areas could help Brentwood
7:20am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
POLICE and council officials are looking at how other British towns manage evening economy to look at controlling Brentwood’s.
It was revealed during a public meeting held by the Brentwood Night-time Action Group at Town Hall on Monday methods used in different areas of the country where being viewed.
Recent visits include going to Watford to see how police and council staff manage their thriving evening activities which sees hundreds of revellers travel into the Hertfordshire town.
Figures for Watford show night-time crime has reduced by 54 per cent in the last year and Insp Paul Wells from the Brentwood neighbourhood policing team said they had some impressive ideas.
However he added a lot of consideration would need to be made before deciding whether these could be brought in locally.
Insp Wells said: “Watford had quite a few horrendous problems with their night-time economy.
“Now they have things like pop-up urinals which are used largely around other towns in the country as well and have helped them out.
“I have some views on portaloos in that I feel an enclosed structure on the High Street is open to be abused, so I think we might have to think a bit further out of the box before making any decisions.”
Chris Hossack, vice-chairman of the council’s Community Services Committee, who was chairing the meeting agreed any plans need to be looked at carefully before being implemented in town.
Mr Hossack said: “I think it is more sensible to dip our toe in the water rather than go the whole hog and decide to put things like portaloos in the High Street.
“I am not sure if Brentwood is ready for something like this yet, but there are problem areas which need to be addressed and we’ll keep our finger on the pulse and try to solve them.”
During the meeting, figures were shown which stated night-time crime offences in Brentwood has dropped from 535 in 2012 to 463 this year.
If anyone wishes to raise an issue to BNAG about Brentwood’s night-time economy management, they should email NTE@brentwood.gov.uk.