Town Centre Officers to Help Keep Huddersfield Clean and Safe

We are demonstrating our continued Blueprint commitment to making sure the town centre is a safe and attractive place to visit by funding 6 new town centre support officers.

The officers will be working in the town centre for 6 months on a trial basis.

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “This year has been incredibly difficult for our town centre businesses, which is why we have agreed to fund the officers and work with the BID to make sure people feel safe to return to Huddersfield.

We know that people are still, understandably concerned about the risk of Covid-19, and that as the darker winter months begin to draw in concerns around anti-social behaviour increase.

The officers will be supporting and educating visitors on how to stay covid-safe, providing a reassuring presence and, in partnership with the police, making sure any anti-social behaviour is dealt with quickly and efficiently.”

Other jobs will include keeping the area clean and reporting graffiti, broken street furniture, and reporting problems on the highway to the relevant council services to speed up repairs and make sure the town looks attractive.

Huddersfield BID will be managing the officers on a day-to-day basis and will be working with town centre businesses to identify where they can have most impact.

Matthew Chapman, Huddersfield BID Manager said:

“Huddersfield BID is very much committed to promoting a safe, welcoming and attractive town with lots on offer and this team of 6 will strengthen that in abundance. Very much a group of ‘doers’, flexible in their approach but proactively committed to working with people, as a collective, for the good of the town. This partnership is and will be a shining example of the positive impact of working together which is essential now more than ever and I would encourage businesses and people alike to join us on this journey.”