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|Title:||Best Bar None scheme’s results ‘spectacular’|
|ID & Publication:||20130811004 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Council News |
The Home Secretary Theresa May has hailed the substantial impact of Best Bar None in Doncaster. It comes as Doncaster Council prepares to launch the scheme for its eighth consecutive year.
The national award scheme, promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises, features in the Home Office’s ‘Next Steps for Alcohol Strategy’ document, released earlier this week.
In May’s ministerial foreword, she spoke of Best Bar None in glowing terms, saying the organisation was a ‘good example’ of an industry-led campaign, declaring ‘the effects of ‘Best Bar None’ on reducing drunkenness, and in particular on reducing drunken violence, can be spectacular’ and also praising the ‘targeted action by the pubs and clubs themselves’ as ‘by far the most effective in curbing irresponsible drinking’.
May also referenced towns and cities where Best Bar None (BBN) has been most effective, specifically commending the scheme’s work in Doncaster. Since Doncaster introduced the BBN scheme in 2006, violent crime has fallen in the town centre during the evening by over 40 per cent.
This is not the first time Doncaster has won national recognition for the scheme. In 2011 Doncaster was named ‘Most Innovative Best Bar None Scheme’.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: ‘Zero tolerance on crime and anti-social behaviour is one of my top priorities and I am delighted to see Doncaster once again highlighted as an example of best practice nationally.
‘We have had the longest continuously running Best Bar None scheme in the country. The key to our success have been consistency of approach by the council, the Police and continued support by our licensees in the borough’s town centres.
‘We have backed up the campaign with a package of tailor-made training that the council delivers to bar staff in the area. All of this work has led huge benefits for local people who can feel safer in our town centres at night.’
Philip Kolvin QC, Best Bar None Chairman said: ‘I am pleased with the language and tone of the Government response, and in particular with the recognition it gives to effectiveness of Best Bar None schemes. It is up to us now to repay the trust which Government has reposed in us. With the hard work taking place at local level up and down the land, I know that we can do so.’
Recently-appointed Best Bar None National Director, Simon Jackson, also welcomed the praise from the Home Office: ‘I am delighted Mrs May and the Home Office have recognised our hard work. We build positive relationships between the licensed trade, police and local authorities to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder, and it is these close working relationships which have been proven to result in success.’
Best Bar None is re-launched in Doncaster on 6 August 2013.
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