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New town centre partnership announced

A new Burton town centre partnership has been announced by Staffordshire Police.

The new partnership will represent the interests of stakeholders and businesses in Burton town centre, meeting broadly quarterly, the partnership will work together to help retain and increase footfall back in to the town centre and focuses on making the town centre feel like an attractive and safe place to visit, eat, drink and shop.

Chris Plant, Director at Burton & District Chamber said:

“This is a positive step for Burton town centre and will bring together town centre businesses and other key stakeholders who we encourage to work positively together for the good of their own town centre.  It will give a collective voice to the town centre and will represent the interests of all.”

Linsey Hardingham, owner of Start and Tremayne, a small town centre retailer said:

“‘The issues facing small independent retailers and other similar businesses operating in the town centre are often more magnified and more immediately felt than by others trading in the town centre and I hope that my representation as part of this partnership will give these businesses an appropriate voice at an appropriate level when it comes to trying to tackle anti-social behaviour, petty crime and the actions and consequences of some of the homeless persons in the town centre.”

Staffordshire police as a result of these meetings are engaging and working with partners to ensure that the local community can continue to enjoy Burton Town Centre safely.

Jason Nadin, East Staffordshire Local Policing Commander said:

“East Staffordshire Police have a tradition of working in partnership to improve the quality of life for the communities that we serve by tackling ASB ,crime and safeguarding the most vulnerable. I am delighted that we have been able to create this partnership which has only been achieved as a result of the commitment of our partners, and look forward to seeing the relationships grow and tackle the issues that matter to the businesses, residents and visitors of Burton on Trent.”

Peter Hardingham, general manager of the Octagon Shopping Centre said:

“Partnership working is key to creating strong cohesive responses to issues that affect our communities and I sincerely hope that over time the Burton Town Centre Partnership will achieve this, initially in three key areas of town centre crime, anti social behaviour and homelessness.”

Glenn Fowler, Centre Manager of Burton Place, confirmed that he

“was pleased to be involved with the newly formed partnership forum and looks forward to making a positive input in addressing the issue of crime, anti-social behaviour and homelessness within the town centre.”

Other members of the partnership include; East Staffordshire Borough Council, Trent & Dove Housing, Burton YMCA, Coopers Square, and Partnerships Against Business Crime In Staffordshire (PABCIS)

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