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Summary of proposals for improvements suggested by the public and other consultees Consultees commented on: Policing in the town centre – Recommendations were predominantly about ways of increasing Police presence and visibility in the town centre. Ideas included:
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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward Within the Basingstoke and Deane Community Safety Strategy 2005-2008, one of the priority actions is for the police and the Borough Council to work together with other partners to reduce violence in public places with a special focus on alcohol related violence in Basingstoke Town Centre. The strategy also focuses efforts on reducing the fear of crime and improving the number of people feeling safe in Basingstoke Town Centre, with 94% of people surveyed for the Strategy feeling safe in Basingstoke town centre during the day and 43% feeling safe at night. At the current time, Hampshire Police is in the middle of a review process to move from 10 Basic Command Units (BCUs) to 6 Operational Command Units (OCUs) in Hampshire from 1 April 2006. Police resources are being considered as part of this review. The Police have been fully involved with the Night Time Economy Project and are therefore able to feed the results of the consultation into their review. In addition,

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1. Crime and fear of crime

Increasing the number of Police Increasing the number of Police in the town centre by refocusing resources Making better use of door staff to give impression of greater level of “security” Better targeting of “hot spots” (eg) Basing View, water fountains Using Community Support Officers in the town centre Police should make more use of antsocial behaviour orders

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward they are aware of the “hot spots” which have been identified by the public as needing more frequent patrols.

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The idea of supplementing the Police Ongoing presence using community support officers is supported. Two officers have recently started to work in the town centre. Officers at the Borough Council will work with Hampshire Constabulary to support the introduction of additional community support officers. Licensing- there were a number of comments regarding the benefits of staggering closing times using licensing powers. Effective links have been established between the Police and the Council‟s Licensing Team. The Police Officer with responsibility for licensing is being consulted on all new licence applications, although there are limits to what can be achieved using licensing powers. Ward Members were particularly concerned about the need for there to be regular dialogue between Members and officers regarding all licence applications. Officers will explore how more effective dialogue could be achieved. This will include exploring the possibility of online access to all applications for all members of the public 2 of 25

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward (in line with a scheme which has been established in Reigate and Banstead).

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The role of businesses – it was suggested that there should be better communication between premises for early warning of trouble. Some respondents believed that Festival Place could ban “hoodies” to reduce fear of crime and could better patrol the multi-storey car park at night.

Officers from the Council will meet with the Dec 2005 management from Festival Place to discuss the feedback with them and agree what action can be taken. In addition, a new town centre radio system is currently being promoted by Ongoing the Police to improve communication between businesses and the Police. (This is similar to a system cited as an example of good practice in Bournemouth). The Police and the Council will continue to promote the benefits of pub watch to licensees. Ongoing

Environmental – a number of environmental measures were suggested including closing up alleyways, improving surface car parks (which were perceived by respondents as safer at night), installing better lighting and additional CCTV.

There is no evidence to suggest that alleyways actually contribute to increased crime levels therefore, on balance, the review team do not support the closing up of alleyways because the central area action plan aims to promote freedom of access around all parts of the town. Closing the alleyways would hinder pedestrian access and limit choice of routes.

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward The Borough Council, the Police, Festival Place and the Malls have jointly provided funding for a “business Crime Co-ordinator” to be appointed for a one-year period. The officer will help set up and manage a new partnership called “Basingstoke Action Against Business Crime”. This partnership will bring together town centre businesses and retailers, through a membership scheme to work together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour that affects the trading environment. A key objective will be to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and the opportunity for crime to happen in the first place It is hoped that this post will be filled by the end of 2005 at the latest Additional CCTV has been funded and is due to go live in October 2005. It is proposed that the effectiveness of this will be reviewed after 12 months.

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward Feedback regarding concerns about the safety of car parks will be used to inform decisions regarding the design of any new or alternative car parking facilities in the future. In 1999 a survey of lighting levels was carried out across the town centre and a number of improvements took place as a result.

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Officers will consider the detailed feedback Jan 2006 from this consultation and will survey any specific areas of concern which have been raised. Where opportunities for improving lighting levels to an acceptable standard exist, officers will work in partnership with the community safety initiative to achieve this. General – there were suggestions that the public need to be made much more aware of the reality of crime levels in the town centre and of measures such as CCTV, the use of anti-social behaviour orders, pub watch etc in order to help reduce fear of crime. It is proposed that the Town Centre Marketing Group will work with the Basingstoke Action Against Business Crime Partnership to plan an ongoing media campaign to try and reduce the fear of crime associated with using the town centre at night. Research in the past has shown that once people actually visit Basingstoke they like it 5 of 25 April 2006 and ongoing

£18,000 budget available for 2005/06

To be funded from within existing resources

2. There is too much emphasis on

There is a general perception that there could be much more done to promote a

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Summary of proposals for improvements suggested by the public and other consultees positive image of Basingstoke as a place to visit at night. The general consensus was that the more people who came to the town for purposes other than simply drinking too much, the better.

Officers comments and proposals for a way forward and will return in future but Basingstoke still has a negative image amongst those people who have never visited. In recognition of this, a new events and Marketing Task Group has been established to develop and co-ordinate marketing activity in the future. Their first task will be to develop a brand for all Basingstoke‟s communications and to establish how they can help to develop Basingstoke as a leisure destination in the South East region, particularly for families Officers will liaise with this task group to explore the option of advertising Basingstoke as the place to be at night through an informative website. Websites such as that developed by York City Council entitled “Good Evening York” provide information, vouchers, promotions, etc.

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drinking establishments. As a result there is a perception that there is a lack of choice of venues and also those who visit Basingstoke to drink outnumber those who come to dine, go to the cinema, etc.

Ongoing

March 2007

Costs are not known at this stage

Consultees suggested that the town centre could be improved by:
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Fewer drinking establishments More variety of premises – eating, wine bars, cafes, coffee shops, premises for

While new planning legislation requires permission to be sought for the conversion of restaurant and café premises to pubs and takeaways, there are no planning powers which can be used to determine whether premises with A4 use are used as a wine bar 6 of 25

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Summary of proposals for improvements suggested by the public and other consultees families and facilities for those under 19 Having fewer empty premises throughout the town centre Improving the Malls Better street art/entertainment Higher quality street environment More seating throughout the town centre (eg) respondents liked the idea of the town square that appears in most French towns Free parking for all at night, including the multi-story car park Events with a broad appear (eg markets, carnivals

Officers comments and proposals for a way forward or as a high density vertical drinking establishment. Likewise, under licensing legislation the Council is very limited in action it can take to control the use of industrial premises. Regardless of this the Night Time Economy Project team have identified that some areas of the country have developed „saturation policies‟ which they appear to use to control the future growth of bars and pubs. The team propose to explore whether or not the numbers of bars/pubs actually has reached saturation point and, if so, how a saturation policy might be used to control future growth. With regard to other specific issues:
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Young people felt quite strongly that another night club was needed. They believed this would add variety, attract more people and reduce any trouble and queues for taxis etc outside the one existing nightclub – it was suggested that the additional nightclub could be at an out of town location.

At the current time the number of vacant premises in the town centre is low – the few empty retail units that exist in Festival Place have been addressed and new tenants are due to be trading before Christmas. Exciting plans are being developed for further regeneration of the town centre.

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward The head lessees of The Malls are planning regeneration of that area in the future. The Borough Council will work with them to regenerate this part of town. The feedback from the Night Time Economy Consultation, particularly that which details the types of alternative venues that respondents would like to see developed, can help inform the regeneration. Likewise, the feedback will be made available to those seeking to regenerate Basing View and to those leading the production of the New Road Concept Statement. 

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With regard to events in the town centre, a review is currently planned for autumn 2005. This will result in new ideas for major events being collated and proposals Dec 2005 being developed. The feedback from the night time economy consultation will be used to inform the events review. The need for events to attract families will be stressed. The Arts and Heritage Team at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Dec 2005

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward has been involved with the Night Time Economy Project. Officers are aware of the feedback regarding street art and will have regard to it in the Public Art Brochure which is currently being designed.
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Top of the Town traders have formed a group to look at issues which affect them, including the environment and how they could improve it – officers will work with the traders on this initiative.

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Car parking charges are considered Oct 2005 annually; the feedback regarding charging will be made available to the Council‟s Car Park Team and to Festival Place. In Bournemouth the town centre Feb 2006 management, in conjunction with the Council and local businesses have worked to encourage retailers to stay open late in the evening. They have found that this has helped bridge the gap between the day time trade and evening trade, thereby attracting a wider range of people to be in the town in the evening. Bournemouth believes that this has helped to introduce

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward a more responsible attitude within the town centre. Officers will explore this option further with Basingstoke town centre management companies/.groups.

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3. Environmental concerns – rubbish, vomiting, urination, noise, neon lighting and cooking smells

Consultees put forward a number of ideas including:
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In considering the identified issues officers considered: Noise Officers will visit those premises specifically mentioned in the responses to the consultation to ensure that their music or ventilation systems do not constitute a nuisance. In addition music must not breach licensing conditions. Members of the public should be aware of who to contact if they have concerns regarding noise from commercial premises (an article will be prepared for Basingstoke and Deane Today). Officers will continue to scrutinise all planning and licence applications for noise implications and attach conditions where appropriate. While existing legislation controls noise from premises, little seems to be available to help 10 of 25 Oct 2005

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Controlling music noise from specific premises Controlling noise and smell from ventilation systems Consider installing French toilets Increasing cleansing routines in the town centre Increasing the number of toilets in the town centre Allowing Festival Place toilets to remain open at night Businesses who contribute to creating rubbish should contribute to cleaning the streets Stronger litter enforcement Turning lights off around Festival Place late at night

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control noise from „revellers‟ on their way home. The project team are aware that certain areas have introduced „quiet zones‟. It is proposed that more work is carried out to June 2006 investigate what there are, how they work in practice and how these could be used to help protect those who live both in the town centre itself and on main routes out of the town centre. In addition officers are also aware of an initiative in Thameside whereby all town centre residents have been provided with community diaries to record any issues of concern which are subsequently used to inform licensing decisions. Officers will investigate how this scheme works and whether or not it would serve a useful purpose for our local community. Smell Officers will continue to consider all Ongoing planning applications against Government guidance regarding the control of odour and noise from commercial kitchen and exhaust systems, where appropriate conditions will be applied. 11 of 25 Sept 2006

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In addition officers will investigate all complaints from members of the public. An article will be produced for Basingstoke and Deane Today to ensure that the public are aware of how to register any concerns re: smell from commercial premises. Lighting While at the current time there is no legislation which controls the nuisance caused by „light‟, the law is changing and new powers are expected later this year. Upon introduction officers will consider any of the specific areas identified in the consultation and ensure that appropriate action is taken where relevant. Toilets At the current time there is one public toilet block in the town centre which is open 24 hours a day. The toilets at New Road close at 1900 hours. The feedback suggests that either more toilets 12 of 25

July 2006

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward are required or a different approach is required to prevent people urinating in the streets. Research carried out by the Steering Group has identified that Reading Borough Council has installed two unilift toilets to combat evening users of the town centre from urinating in the street. They believe that this has been a great success but the costs of installation and running are significant. The County of Surrey has taken a different approach with a project entitled “Surrey Street Standards”. This involves urination offenders being encouraged to clear up their mess or face possible arrest. Aylesbury Vale District Council publishes toilet information very clearly and has several open 24 hours a day, as to Westminster City Council. It is proposed that a review of toilet provision in the town centre is carried out and consideration be given to the introduction of different approaches to help discourage urination in the streets. 13 of 25

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July 2006

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Cleansing and Rubbish The review team considered that in general the street care staff seem to be coping well with cleaning the Top of the Town - feedback however suggests that there are specific problems associated with litter on a Sunday morning. At the current time one member of staff is employed in the town centre on Sundays from 0600-1200. It is recommended that, in the short term, it would be appropriate to increase the cover on Sunday mornings to two operatives working from 6.00 to 8.00 am to accelerate this work. This would have a minimal impact in terms of cost (an additional £3,500 per annum) which can be met from existing budgets. It is further recommended that the feedback from the night time economy be provided to the project team leading the Best Value Review of Street Care and that they be asked to review our approach to cleaning of the town centre as part of the review. 14 of 25 Jan 2006 Not known at this stage

Dec 2005

£3,500 from within existing budgets

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A patrol of the town centre on Friday nights/Saturday mornings has indicated that the bins in and around Festival Place are too small to prevent spillage. In light of this some bins have already been replaced with larger bins. It is planned to provide some more additional bins/replace small bins in the vicinity of the station and station approach (including the taxi rank). With regard to businesses contributing to cleaning the streets there are a number of statutory provisions which could be applied. There is also a nationwide initiative ongoing at the current time called “Food on the Go”. This encourages all businesses involved in the local fast-food industry to sign up to a voluntary agreement to keep the streets clean. It is proposed that an officer and someone from the Top of the Town Committee attend a seminar on this initiative to identify if it would be worthwhile implementing it within the town centre. Should this initiative not be pursued, or not 15 of 25

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July 2006

£300 from existing training budgets

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward prove to be effective it is possible to serve a litter control notice on businesses which provide food for consumption on or off the premises. Such notices could require litter picking and the purchase of extra litter bins funded by the business. It is proposed that officers consider drawing up a protocol regarding when this power should be used and how it would be implemented and enforced. With regard to individuals who litter, powers do exist to enable Council officers to serve fixed penalty notices. Currently officers do not routinely carry out litter enforcement patrols. The possibility of carrying out such patrols, including in the evening will be investigated as part of the Best Value Review of Street Care.

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Nil cost to Borough Council

Dec 2006

Jan 2006

Not known at this stage

4. Lack of availability of taxis and lack of public transport

There were many ideas for improvements regarding taxi use. These included:
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Better education campaigns for the public on the legal use of taxis Redesigning the road system to allow taxis to travel around the one way

There is no question that taxis and private hire cars are of vital importance in ensuring that people can get home safely from a night out. With regard to the availability of taxis it is proposed to:
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Continue with Biennial awareness raising

Twice each

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Summary of proposals for improvements suggested by the public and other consultees system more quickly and consider introducing bus lanes which allow taxis to use them Providing a private hire company outside Liquids or a ticket system for Liquids and other busy venues Improve traffic layout outside Liquids Marshals on taxi ranks Redesign taxi ranks and bus shelters including better weather protection Additional rank outside Liquids Need for getter signage of taxi ranks Delimit taxi numbers (consult the public as well as the trade when considering this)

Officers comments and proposals for a way forward campaigns using trailers at local hot spots/retail parks/colleges etc to discourage the use of illegal taxis.
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An article will also be produced for Basingstoke and Deane Today to advise the public regarding how to identify a licensed vehicle/driver. The transport team will be asked to consider the road system and the detailed feedback regarding the effect the current design has on taxi journeys. In addition they will be asked to consider the need for bus lanes which allow taxis to use them. Officers will approach private hire companies to try and encourage the setting up of a ticket system in Liquids. On 26 August a new traffic layout was introduced outside Liquids – this is for a 6 week trial period and includes allocated waiting areas for pre-booked cars. It is proposed to redesign the taxi ranks and bus shelters at the station and to

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward provide a night time only rank outside Liquids.
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Discussions with Festival Place have taken place and they have agreed to consider improved signage. An unmet demand survey of taxi usage will take place in October. This will help determine the need, or otherwise, to delimit taxi numbers. The residents and users will be consulted as well as the trade themselves.

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In Bath, licensees have jointly funded marshals for the taxi ranks on busy evenings. The total cost of this was £24,000. The marshals are employees of a security company and they manage queues, liaise with the police and help people to find their way home. Officers will liaise with the Chamber of Commerce, Top of the Town Committee, the Business Partnership, Festival Place and other businesses to explore their willingness to consider and fund the introduction of such a scheme. 18 of 25 Dec 2006

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There was a lot of support for the introduction of a night bus to travel around the town and areas within walking distance (to encourage “revellers” not to walk home, thereby preventing noise and disturbance).

With regard to the proposal for a night bus – this could have significant cost implications. There is currently no Council budget available to provide such a service. It may however be possible to work in partnership with local businesses etc to provide a service which is funded by them. It is proposed that officers carry out further work in order to identify the need for a night bus and explore the possibility of providing such a service funded through sponsorship. In planning this work officers will liaise with officers from Reading Borough Council who currently run a night bus and with Bournemouth Council who are currently exploring the introduction of a service.

Sept 2006

Oct 2006

Not known at this stage

The public was also concerned that existing bus routes finish too early in the evenings and that bus travel information and timetables are not available at bus stops.

Officers will contact Stagecoach to explore the option of them providing more “live time” information at bus stops. In addition officers will ask Stagecoach how they might contribute to providing bus travel later in the evenings.

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5. Irresponsible drinking culture

Respondents felt very strongly about this. They suggested: Work with Young People
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To encourage sensible drinking Through citizenship classes To help young people to respect themselves To provide diversionary activities

The need to work with young people on alcohol issues, respect etc is supported. It is therefore proposed that the issue be explored further at a schools conference to see how the Council and partners can work with, and through schools, to address alcohol related issues.

Oct 2005

In addition the Learning and Skills Unit at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will consider how it could expand the work Dec 2005 officers currently do on citizenship to address issues of alcohol and respect. The Youth Strategy has a theme of “being healthy” which contains an objective relating to addressing alcohol misuse. While the “being healthy" theme is currently focused on May 2006 addressing sexual health issues, officers will speak to the relevant “champion” of the “being healthy” theme to help develop an action plan around the issue of alcohol misuse. This work will be carried out in partnership with the Primary Care Trust. 20 of 25

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Action by Police/Council
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T crackdown on drunk and disorderly behaviour To cover further areas with byelaws to prevent drinking in public places

Likewise the need for the Police and the Council to take action regarding alcohol related issues in the town centre is supported. A Project is planned during 2005/6 to focus community safety efforts in the town centre. This project includes  The replacement of existing byelaws with Ongoing an alcohol order which will continue to give the Council the power to restrict antisocial public drinking and the police the power to enforce the Order.  Retaining the current dispersal order which enables the police to ask groups to Ongoing disperse and allow them to direct individuals as to which direction they must go in to leave the town.  The introduction of a programme to work June 2006 with local pubs/clubs to develop Codes of Good Practice which are aimed at cutting down crime and binge drinking. This is in-line with the approach taken by Oxford City Council which has introduced a charter with 9 conditions including those which ban drinks promotions at weekends and door staff wearing high profile jackets 21 of 25

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward at all times.  Using court orders (anti social behaviour orders) to prevent offenders or repeat offenders from using the town centre entertainment areas. The need for all this work to be planned and delivered in a coordinated way is strongly supported. It is envisaged that this will be achieved by the production and implementation of an alcohol strategy for Basingstoke and Deane. This is currently being developed by the Council, in conjunction with the Drug and Alcohol Reference Group and the Community Safety Forum. The Council has restructured its Health Promotion Team in order to create a post to drive forward this initiative and to implement the action plan of the alcohol strategy.

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Jan 2006

Within existing budgets and as identified in this strategy

6. Accessibility of premises – particularly for the disabled and those with pushchairs

Ideas put forward included: Planning The need to try and improve accessibility within existing buildings and new ones.

It is proposed that:
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Developers proposing new access arrangements will have to consult the Access Officer on their plans to ensure that access issues are taken on board.

Ongoing

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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward The Access Officer, in conjunction with Shopmobility and the Access Group (where relevant), will investigate all complaints re: access issues in specific existing premises. An article will be prepared for Basingstoke and Deane Today to inform anyone with „access‟ concerns how to contact the Access Officer To overcome the access problem experienced during Christmas shopping a campaign will be planned and carried out in the run up to Christmas The Disability Access Officer will meet with Planning Officers to investigate how we might be able to more effectively enforce existing guidelines to ensure that the needs of the visually impaired are taken on board regarding mobile street furniture. The Access Officer and the SMT Champion for Equalities will meet to discuss how the Council could encourage better compliance with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act by the owners of town centre premises

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In addition, the need to think about street café furniture and the difficulties it poses for those with sight difficulties was emphasised.
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Car Parking Issues were raised regarding:
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A lack of disabled parking spaces. A lack of enforcement of parking restrictions.

With regard to parking provision, a scheme to increase disabled parking provision in Church Street is currently being investigated. This would enable the 6.00pm time limit to be Nov 2005 removed, in line with all other disabled car parking in the town. There are usually parking spaces available in Festival Place. In light of this the Access Group will be approached and asked to work with officers to produce and publicise information regarding the location and availability of disabled car parking facilities within the Town Centre. Upon completion of this a survey will be carried out to ascertain if additional disabled parking is actually required and at which locations. With regard to enforcement. Officers will investigate the feasibility of police community support officers enforcing disabled parking during the evenings.

Sept 2006

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Nov 2005

7. Need to consider the future of the

A number of ideas were put forward on many areas of the town centre. Ideas

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Summary of proposals for improvements suggested by the public and other consultees included:  The need to attract a large department store  Desire for more art galleries, venues for live entertainment, skiing and snowboarding  Wish for more eating establishments In particular many comments related to the Top of the Town:
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Officers comments and proposals for a way forward Steering Group „evolves‟ to, not only become responsible for implementing the Night Time Economy Action Plan, but to consider the future of the town centre generally, in the context of existing plans (eg;) Basingstoke Central Area Action Plan and Top of the Town Framework for Action. In addition the group will have regard to emerging plans (eg;) New Road Concept Statement and plans for the regeneration of The Malls and Basing View. In planning how it might structure its work, it is proposed that the group investigates the approach taken by Leicester City Council. Leicester now works in partnership to manage the town centre in a very different way through the creation of a “city centre virtual team”.

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town centre generally – not just at night

Oct 2005 and ongoing

Views that this should be the historic part of Basingstoke Curio shops Cobbled streets Encourage small businesses by rent subsidies Additional markets on particular themes

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