Town centre safety this Halloween

Published: Monday, 24 October 2016

Street Marshals will be on duty this Halloween, providing support and advice to ensure the safety of revellers.

Northampton Street Pastors will also be on hand, and will join the Northampton Community Safety Partnership Marshals in working to make sure that all of those out and about in the town centre over the weekend have an enjoyable and safe experience.

Town centre safety is a priority for Northampton Borough Council who will shortly be launching a new safety campaign ‘Nights out Northampton’. The campaign will promote safety messages to everyone who visits Northampton town centre in the evening, with a particular focus on getting home safely.

As part of the plans for Halloween, a temporary road closure will be in place for Bridge Street on the evening of Saturday 29 October. The road will be closed between 11.30pm and 5am on Sunday 30 October. The closure has been implemented by Northamptonshire Police and Northampton Borough Council as an additional measure to improve evening safety. Barriers will be placed across the top and bottom of the street along with clear diversion signs to direct traffic.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “Our new campaign, Nights out Northampton, focuses on creating a safe and sociable town centre. In partnership with Northamptonshire Police and the Northampton Town Centre BID, we are working with local businesses to promote our messages to the public to ensure the safety of people visiting Northampton town centre.

“Halloween has become one of the most popular and busiest nights of the year so we’re expecting to see a lot of people heading out for the evening. Closing Bridge Street on this particularly busy night helps to reduce the risk of accident, and is one of the measures that we adopt on key dates throughout the year.”