This year has seen a significant increase in the number of Pubs, Bars, Night Clubs and other licensed venues participating in an awards scheme focusing on the key principals of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, namely, Prevention of Crime and Disorder, Public Safety, Protection of the Environment, Promotion of Public Health and Protection of Children from Harm. The scheme represents a partnership involving the Glasgow City Centre Alcohol Action Group, Strathclyde Police, Glasgow Community & Safety Services and Licensed Trade Associations and is supported by Glasgow Licensing Board and the Scottish Government.
More than 90 venues will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in the City Chambers on Tuesday 10th November 2009, an increase on last year’s participants of more than 25%. Participating venues are subjected to an in depth inspection and are scored on their responses and proof displayed.
This year’s Play Safe in Glasgow campaign Will be launched on November 18th 2009. The campaign is aimed at people aged 18 – 40 who socialise in the city centre. A wide range of media are being used to promote messages about safer socialising, healthy drinking and safer transport home – with a particular emphasis on students and employers.
‘Nite Zones’ were introduced in 2005 in Gordon Street and Sauchiehall Street aiming to make existing transport more convenient, accessible and safe by a number of measures including replacing lighting, increasing CCTV coverage, installing public help points, providing taxi rank marshalls and improving communication.
Almost 240,000 people have been safely looked after in the ‘Nite Zones’ in the first 6 months of this year, representing an increase of almost 34,000 people (up 16.5%) compared to 2008 figures. In May 2009 the ‘Nite Zone’ project was awarded the coveted ‘Flourish Award’ by Glasgow City Council for supporting a Cleaner, Safer City Centre.
Funding has been made available this Christmas to create an additional ‘Nite Zone’ in Byres Road, Glasgow, to ensure that partygoers in the West End are safely looked after while queuing for taxis.
You’ll find the ‘Buddies Bus’ on Sauchiehall Street on Saturday nights parked near to Elmbank Street. The double decked bus has facilities for first aid on the lower deck and a café area on the upper deck. has been deployed over the last two years on Saturday nights, staffed by volunteers who patrol for vulnerable persons and provide a place of safety on Sauchiehall Street where they are given tea/coffee and shelter until sober enough to go home or a relative or friend picks them up. The project is run by the International Christian College and now links to the ‘Nite Zone’ personnel by radio.
Pubs and clubs in Glasgow now use radios to notify the police and other agencies of incidents developing in the street helping Glasgow City Centre be a safer place to socialise. More than 40 venues now participate and this number is expected to increase significantly in the near future.
The Street Pastors now patrol the city streets on weekend nights helping people under the influence of alcohol to ensure that young people in particular are not exposed to crime or assault while under the influence. The Street Pastors distribute blankets, sleeping bags and provide first aid to young persons in need.