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Council issues advice and FAQs for visitors to West Bridgford ahead of 4 July bar openings

They are working with businesses to ensure all are taking the necessary steps to operate safely.

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Council issues advice and FAQs for visitors to West Bridgford – Residents and visitors should familiarise themselves with further advice on the do’s and don’ts when visiting businesses in line with these new rules.

They are also being reminded of the steps the Council and partner agencies including Nottinghamshire Police are taking to ensure visitors to these businesses and parks in town and village centres are aware of how to be responsible in line with this guidance.

Council issues advice and FAQs for visitors to West Bridgford

Across the Borough, the Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing teams and Police are continuing unannounced high-profile visits to licensed premises to ensure compliance with licensing and COVID requirements.

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They are working with businesses to ensure all are taking the necessary steps to operate safely.

West Bridgford town centres and parks

Premises in West Bridgford continue to display signage at their premises reminding customers to follow the local Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) guidelines.

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All officials and police have powers to enforce this order which means local park users and town centre visitors must stop consuming alcohol when asked to do so by an official.

Failure to comply can lead to a fixed penalty notice or prosecution at court and a fine of up to £1,000.

 

On June 22, the Council announced Bridgfield and Bridgford Park in West Bridgford will have earlier evening closing times to alleviate recent issues around litter and anti-social behaviour.

The sites will now be closed from 8 pm and 9 pm respectively, instead of 9.30 pm each evening, until further notice with increased security patrols each day giving reassurance to park users they remain a safe place to visit.

Extra security fencing has been installed around their entrances and perimeters to prevent unauthorised access when closed and access to Bridgfield will be through a single controlled access point.

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The number of park users will be monitored so the areas can still be used safely in conjunction with government advice on social distancing and all park users will be requested to leave the areas at the stated closing times.

Park users and town centre visitors are advised to approach officials or call local Police on 101 should they need to raise any issues on anti-social behaviour.

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ridgford Park, Bridgfield and West Bridgford Town Centre community safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why have the closing times of the parks changed?

Since the relaxation of the lockdown rules, there have been a series of incidents in the parks concerning littering and anti-social behaviour that has prompted the Council to review opening times of Bridgford Park and Bridgfield. 

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From June 22, Bridgfield will close at 8pm and Bridgford Park 9pm until further notice. 

  • How long will the current arrangements be in place?

Opening times of the parks will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

  • Why are there security staff patrolling the parks and what powers do they have?

Security has been employed to monitor the use and volume of people in the parks at any time, reinforce messages about using litter bins and assess any anti-social behaviour.

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This includes if central government advice around social distancing is adhered to and remind users of the local PSPO rules (outlined below). 

  • What is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) and how will it be enforced?

A PSPO is a piece of government legislation designed to deal with a particular nuisance in a particular area that is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for those in the local community. It can prohibit certain things or require specific things to be done. Under PSPO rules, an official can demand that alcohol is given up if it is felt that this is causing anti-social behaviour issues. Failure to comply can lead to prosecution and fines of up to £1,000.

  • Is the Council working with outlets selling food / drink / alcohol?

The Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing teams and Police are continuing unannounced high-profile visits to licensed premises across the Borough to ensure compliance with licensing and COVID requirements.

They are working with businesses to ensure all are taking the necessary steps to operate safely.

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Premises in West Bridgford continue to display signage at their premises reminding customers to follow the local PSPO rules. 

  • How often is litter cleared up?

Streetwise is carrying out litter picking duties several times per day.

 

  • How often are the toilets cleaned / restocked?

As with litter picking, Streetwise are ensuring that the toilets, both the permanent facilities near Al Fresco and the portaloos on Bridgfield are being cleaned and restocked several times per day.

 

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