Nottingham Nightlife Informs UK Policy
Nottingham’s award-winning nightlife has helped inform proposed UK policy recently with the visit of Gus Jaspert.
The Purple Flag accredited city was visited by the Head of Drugs and Alcohol at the Home Office, as he spoke to key night time economy partners about the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act.
During the visit, Mr Jaspert met with local licensed premises, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Businesses Against Crime.
The visit was organised by We Are Nottingham Leisure, the Business Improvement District for licensed venues in the city centre.
During his visit Mr Jaspert got the chance to see some of the partnership initiatives, including the Taxi Marshal and the Street Pastor Scheme.
Taxi Marshals are available in Nottingham every Friday and Saturday night between 10pm and 4am to make sure that people can get home safely. Street Pastors offer support on Friday and Saturday nights to revellers with first aid, water bottles, blankets, and even helping people get home.
These high profile schemes are targeted to ensure a varied, safe and sustainable Nottingham nightlife.
Crucially during the visit the minister sought views on the content of the guidance and regulations for the new Act. Sylvia Oates, Chief Executive of We Are Nottingham Leisure said
“We think he was impressed with what he saw in Nottingham, in particular the strong engagement and action across public, voluntary and business partners”
“A lot of organisations and groups in Nottingham have made a success of the night time economy and we are keen to ensure that the impact and relevance of any future national levy is fully considered before it is implemented in Nottingham and elsewhere.”
Further consultation with the Home Office is expected to take place over the next few months.