CHESTER city centre will benefit from a £1m exercise to fund more police, a better CCTV system and a complete make-over for the street-scene.
Operation Face-lift, funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council, is designed to boost the timeless appeal of the historic centre.
Major features include:
More bobbies on the evening beat during July and August.
IncreasedŠCCTV where coverage is light.
A street scene make-over.
CllrŠLynnŠ Riley, executive member, communities said: “The public have told usŠwhat they want to see happen with regard to Chester city centreŠ andŠ with the help of our partners, weŠhave produced a coordinated response which will makeŠa lasting difference.”
Council cash will enable Cheshire Police to put two extra officers on the beat each night at key times and also release support from community safety wardens during the day.
AŠcondition survey of the city centre infrastructureŠhas produced a comprehensiveŠscheme to improve the appearance ofŠeverything from pavements,Šlamposts and signageŠto railings and bollards.
AŠcity centre cleaning teamŠwill be complemented by a dedicated enforcement officer targetingŠproblems like litter, fly posting and graffiti. A Rows caretaker will concentrate on liaison with traders andŠthe appearance ofŠthe unique shopping galleries.
The council, police and private sector in the form of club owners and licensees are all helping to finance installation of extra CCTV cameras in St John Street.
And work will be also be done to improve coverage of the Trinity Street car park and New Crane Street, together with the racecourse gates and car park.