Best Bar None safety scheme launched in Cheltenham

Seven bars and nightclubs in Cheltenham have signed up to a scheme to help reduce alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour.

To achieve recognition under Best Bar None (BBN) venues have to show they are professionally managed with clear policies and procedures in place.

These include those for the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the elimination of public nuisance.

An additional five applications are currently under consideration.

A Cheltenham Borough Council spokesman said there was a popular belief the town centre was a no-go area after dark.

"The reality is however that due to the successful partnership working of police, council, health and other partner agencies, and the licensed trade itself, the town centre is safer than it has been for years," the council spokesman added.

The town already introduced taxi marshals and Street Pastors while pub door staff had enhanced training in conflict management in an attempt to improve safety.

The BBN scheme was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and is credited with improving standards in the night time economy.

It has now been adopted by more than 100 towns and cities across the United Kingdom.

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