Night Marshalls’ future is secured

SCARBOROUGH’S Night Marshall scheme is to be continued for another three years after borough councillors accepted a grant from the county council of £251,700.

Launched in December 2008, the scheme currently runs in Scarborough and Whitby town centres on Friday and Saturday nights.

Dressed in high-visibility jackets, teams of marshalls take to the streets to help the police deal with low level disorder and anti-social behaviour - much of it alcohol-related.

The marshalls have been credited by the police for helping to reduce levels of violent street crime along with other initiatives, such as the volunteer-based Street Angels.

Initially funded by the Home Office on a trial basis, the night marshalls scheme was launched in December 2008 and has since received grants from the county council to keep it going through the Safer Communities Partnership Plan.

A further £92,531 of Home Office funding has also been accepted by Scarborough Council’s cabinet towards the running costs and initiatives of the Safer Communities Partnership. This is in addition to £15,917 from the North Yorkshire Police Authority. Some of this money will go towards the continiung cost of employing an anti-social behaviour co-ordinator and a programme support officer.

On top of that, £50,000 has been granted from the county council’s Community Fund towards the cost of continuing the Street Safe initiative for another two years. The Street Safe project aims to reduce the harm caused to young people and communities from drinking alcohol in puiblic.

Safer Communities Partnership manager Mandy Chance said: “By receiving these grants the Safer Communities Partnership is able to continue to develop a range of innovative projects throughout the borough.

“Without this funding the council and other partners in the borough would struggle to deliver multi-agency initiatives successfully.”

She added that conditions for the funding related to financial procedures and monitoring requirements rather than how the scheme was delivered or meeting any specific targets.