Night-time Street Marshals in Northampton

Published: Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Following a successful pilot over the Christmas period, Street Marshals are working in Northampton to help make the town centre a safe and enjoyable environment for a night out.

Working in pairs, the four Street Marshals will provide an extra level of support to agencies whose role is to promote safety in the town’s night-time economy, such as Northamptonshire Police, the Street Pastors, and the door staff of licensed premises.

The Street Marshals will help to spot any developing issues and intervene early to deal with low level disorder. They will also help to co-ordinate management of any queues for taxis and if necessary, will report illegally parked or ranked taxis that are causing traffic flow issues, helping to ensure a swifter and more effective journey home for people at the end of a night out.

The Street Marshals will also be on hand to ensure assistance is given to any vulnerable people in the town centre and will link in to the CCTV control room.

Their patrol area will take them from Wellingborough Road into the town centre, through Abington Street, St Giles Street and Bridge Street as well as All Saints, the Drapery, Gold Street and College Street.

The Marshals are jointly funded by Northampton Borough Council, Northampton Town Centre BID and Northampton Pubwatch, all working together through the Northampton Community Safety Partnership. They will be working this weekend, which is likely to be busy following the A-level results, then on other key dates throughout the year including pay day weekends, bank holidays, Freshers’ weekend, Halloween, Christmas and new year.

Paul McManus, chair of the Northampton Pubwatch scheme, said: “Northampton Pubwatch member pub operators are looking forward to working with the new street marshals; they will be a tremendous support to us and our partners helping to keep Northampton a safe and enjoyable night out.”

Chris Barker, Project Manager for Northampton Town Centre BID commented: "Northampton town centre BID and businesses have part funded the Street Marshals as part of our commitment to keeping the town centre environment attractive, safe and welcoming. The Street Marshals will complement our existing Northampton town centre BID Hosts, who patrol the town centre answering queries from visitors and businesses and reporting street care issues. We are confident that the Street Marshals will further improve the town centre experience for visitors and business alike, and look forward to seeing them in place.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community safety, said: “We want to encourage more people in to the town centre during the evenings to visit our pubs, clubs and restaurants and we want everyone using the town for whatever reason, to feel and be safe. The Street Marshals will be very visible and will provide extra reassurance to help make a night out in Northampton as pleasant, comfortable and safe as possible.”