Closing in on ASB

September 26, 2013 6:57 am

Businesses in Mansfield have praised gates that have been erected at either end of a town centre pathway to help improve security, make staff feel safer and reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB).

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The gates – praised for their appearance by Mansfield’s Conservation Officer – sit at either end of Clerkson’s Alley which runs between Clumber Street and the Market Place. They are open during daylight hours but locked overnight, with businesses in the area taking responsibility for opening and closing them.

Businesses, police and Mansfield District Council (MDC) wardens all supported installation of the gates, saying that after dark the alley had been a hotspot for ASB.  Following consultation with local businesses and town centre users, the gates were installed at the end of May at a cost of £8,000 with a further £2,000 set aside for future maintenance.

Crime figures suggest that the project, funded by Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC), and led by Nottinghamshire County Council Community Safety and Rights of Way Officers, is having a positive effect.  Year to date figures for the town centre show that there has been an 18% drop in ASB (27 incidents) and a fall of 37% (10 incidents) for criminal damage compared to the same period last year.

Cllr Mick Barton, MDC portfolio holder for Public Protection, has performed an official “closure ceremony” to raise awareness of the work and the crime cuts it is helping to deliver.

Commenting he said: “The gates look wonderful and are making a positive difference in the town centre. The groups that originally requested the gates – Mansfield BID and the Town Centre Partnership – tell me the work has achieved what they hoped and I am delighted, as I am sure other town centre users and residents will be.”

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