ORGANISATIONS are joining forces to relaunch a scheme designed to promote safety and reduce crime and disorder in Coventry pubs and clubs.
Coventry City Council and West Midlands Police will be working together with licensed premises to re-build the Coventry Pubwatch group.
The national initiative, supported by Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) and all responsible authorities, acts as a forum in which operators can share best practice, problems and solutions.
Councillor Tariq Khan said: “I am delighted that pubs, bars and clubs across the city centre are all working together with us and the police to re-launch Pubwatch in the city.
“We’ve got a great, and growing, range of places for people to eat or drink in our city centre and we want to encourage a thriving and growing night time economy. This initiative will support our work and help local people and visitors to feel safe when they are out and about in the evening.
“I’m sure there will be lots of ideas that come out of this new group and I look forward to working with them.”
Martin French, CEO of Natwest/RBS in Coventry and Coventry BID Board member, will be the new chair of the scheme and as an independent person from the business community, will make sure all venues will be fairly represented.
Trish Willetts, Coventry BID manager, said: “I am very pleased that everyone is working together to relaunch this scheme.
“This scheme is vital to the night time economy, but also in making sure that city centre visitors feel safe when they spend their time in Coventry.
“I would urge everyone to get behind it and make it a valuable and useful resource for all pubs and clubs.”