A scheme to support a safe and secure evening economy in Prescot Town Centre has been launched.
The Prescot Pubwatch scheme was formally launched at Deanes House pub on Church Street to promote a responsibly led social drinking environment and evening economy in all licensed premises in the area.
The Licensing Team at Knowsley Council have coordinated the establishment of the Pubwatch scheme after licensed premises in the town expressed an interest in getting involved.
Prescot has a burgeoning evening economy following the arrival of the Shakespeare North Playhouse and a number of new eating and drinking establishments in recent years.
The majority of licensed premises in Prescot have signed up to the new Pubwatch scheme, which will enable them to effectively communicate with each other and receive best practice advice and guidance from the National Pubwatch Scheme.
The “Schemelink” communication channel, used by Pubwatch schemes across the country, enables members to communicate securely and to share intelligence on a real time basis, for example if a customer has been asked to leave premises or is refused entry due to inappropriate behaviour.
The launch of the Prescot Pubwatch scheme was attended by Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, Cllr Terry Powell, Chairman of the Licensing Committee, members of the Prescot Pubwatch scheme, representatives from National Pubwatch, Schemelink and officers from Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “The evening economy in Prescot Town Centre is growing and thriving. We want to ensure that it’s a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone. There is a high concentration of licensed premises in the town centre which makes Prescot the ideal place to launch Pubwatch in Knowsley. Licensees have been keen to see the scheme introduced and we could see it rolled out in our other town centres in future.”