A Safer Kirklees, A Safer Christmas
We with our partners are launching a series of initiatives to make sure visitors and residents of our town centres have a safe and enjoyable Christmas period.
What’s going on?
Together with West Yorkshire Police, Pub Watch, Huddersfield Partnership and Street Angels shoppers, revellers and families should be assured of the additional resources being deployed during December.
Safer Kirklees is also providing Street Marshalls, working with door staff, licensees and town centre police officers, who will be in Huddersfield Town Centre every Friday and Saturday night during December during the festive party season.
Cllr Naheed Mather, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Environment said:
“The Council is committed to providing a friendly and inviting place to celebrate the festive period for all. Our continued investment into our partnerships, collaboration and joint commitment means everyone can enjoy what’s on offer this winter.”
Cllr Peter McBride, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Kirklees Council said:
“There’s lots on offer this Christmas and we want everyone to come into the town centres and enjoy themselves safely with the knowledge there is plenty of support for those in need on our streets.”
Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner, Kirklees Council also chair of Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee added:
“This is a great example of the partnerships in place across Kirklees creating additional focus for the Christmas period. Huddersfield and its town centres are great places to socialise, shop and spend time together for friends and families.
It’s this collaborative approach with agencies and partners that brings a real sense of working together. From our wonderful volunteers at Huddersfield Street Angels, the Pubwatch scheme and the dedicated teams at Kirklees Council, we’re looking forward to a busy and vibrant festive period.”
Mark Hollingsworth, Chair of the Huddersfield Pubwatch Scheme added:
“We’ve invested in making Huddersfield a place to come and socialise. With our pub-to-pub radio systems, information sharing with our partners such as the police and well-trained staff, we’re looking forward to a fun and safe Christmas across the pubs, bars and restaurants of Huddersfield.”
Dianne Hughes, coordinator for Huddersfield Street Angels said:
“We’ll be providing a reassuring presence on the streets throughout the Christmas period, including late night shopping times. We’re well received by those out to socialise and those working across Huddersfield’s night time economy.
We’re here as a friendly face, a helping hand and to keep an eye out for the vulnerable too. As volunteers we are always looking for people to join us and help make our town a friendly, safe place to be.”
Is there more to come?
A ‘Night of Action’ by the Safer Kirklees partnership will be delivered in December. Teams from Kirklees Council’s licensing teams and West Yorkshire Police will be ensuring that taxis, licensed premises and venues are both safe and compliant. The Safer Kirklees, Safer Christmas initiative will also be providing guidance to residents throughout December via social media using the following hashtag #SaferKirkleesSaferChristmas