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Night-time economy expert attends Home Office meeting

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

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A SWANSEA expert on the highs and lows of the night-time economy is representing Wales in a UK Government initiative.

Steve Williams will represent police, council and other relevant organisations in a technical working group set up by the Home Office.

Mr Williams became the Safer Swansea Partnership's night time economy officer in 2009, and has 17 years' experience working in the night-time industry.

As part of his role he went to London on Friday for a Home Office consultation looking at the Government's alcohol strategy, which was published earlier this year.

Mr Williams said: "I was surprised but proud to be informed that I had been selected to attend the event. I will be able to put forward my views on the Government proposals.

"Excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for the majority of disorder and violence that occurs in Swansea city centre.

"Irresponsible drinks promotions by supermarkets and bars alike are major contributors to the problem.

"I took with me examples of what I feel are irresponsible ways of working that encourage people to drink more.

"The Safer Swansea Partnership continues to work hard to reduce alcohol-fuelled disorder and violence, but until irresponsible sales of alcohol are stopped we will continue to see the same issues in the city centre."

The Home Office has said its proposals are not about stopping responsible drinking, but are explicitly targeting "harmful drinking".

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  • moogman  |  December 12 2012, 12:22AM

    Give me myopia over BS any time. Safer Swansea Partnership is another self-sustaining public sector outfit that exists to draw down Assembly grants which can't be spent on anything else. How can SSP provide taxi marshals when they don't even fully fund CCTV in the city.

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  • gondolier  |  December 10 2012, 7:46PM

    You must have a touch of myopia Moogman. Several years ago, Safer Swansea was asked by the Assembly to design a way to reduce the nuisance of off road motor bikes, One way was to introduce a proper off road bike site, that many are still asking for. A funded professional plan was produced at a site which met all the requirements, but residents were frightened into opposing, so it did not go ahead. At least it tried. Whats your brilliant idea then? Taxi marshalls were in fact introduced by the Safer Swansea in 2006!! BID offered to take over paying for them only recently.

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  • moogman  |  December 10 2012, 9:10AM

    As far as I can see, the only accomplishments of the Safer Swansea Partnership reputation is to put out press releases or else stupidly try to dump off-road motorbike sites in village communities. Otherwise they are a waste of resources. The biggest single contribution to night-time safety in Swansea has been the introduction of the taxi marshals and they are paid for by Swansea Business Improvement District.

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