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Record breaking safety scheme
Tuesday 20th August, 2013

A record breaking number of bars, pubs and clubs have signed up to Wigan’s Best Bar None scheme.

Twenty of the town centres night spots have pledged their support to the scheme, compared with last year’s figure of 17.

Working in partnership with the local emergency services and Wigan Council, the scheme aims to ensure the safety of partygoers. To qualify, pubs, bars and clubs are required to meet certain standards in operational management, particularly in relation to measures designed to reduce crime and disorder, prevent public nuisance, promote public safety, protect children from harm and raise awareness around alcohol consumption.

Accreditation is awarded only when judges are satisfied that a strict set of criteria are complied with. These include, for instance, how premises control capacity or ensure door staff are licensed. It also considers how premises assess the impact of noise or litter on the community and how they ensure policies and procedures around illegal substances are adhered to - amongst other things.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet portfolio holder for safer communities at Wigan Council, said:

“This scheme was a huge success last year with 17 pubs, bars and clubs working together to provide a safe environment for their staff and customers. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to build upon this success and get even more premises signed up this year.”

Once bars, pubs and nightclubs have been accredited, judges will then determine which ones have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community safety. Winners will be recognised at an awards ceremony this October.

For more information, please visit: www.wigan.gov.uk and search 'Best Bar None'.

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