Partnership leads to bumper season for pubs

PUBLISHED: 16:30 18 January 2016

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Exmouth’s publicans say the Christmas and New Year period was successful and safe, thanks to a partnership approach to antisocial behaviour.

The Licensed Victuallers Association (LVA), of which every licensed premises in the town is a member, coordinated its efforts to ensure troublemakers were not welcome. Chairman George Nightingale said this had worked well during the festive season, and would be subject to further improvements during the coming year.

He said: “There were next-to-no incidents whatsoever in the town over Christmas or the New Year period.

“The association co-ordinated with the town’s central CCTV incredibly well, monitoring the town and keeping people safe - although, if truth be told, there was little need with the hard work that was carried out last year, keeping troublemakers out and promoting great events to the town.

“A new radio system provided with the help of Exeter City Centre, Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and Exmouth’s Town Team should be installed in the early part of the year, further increasing the coordination of businesses and improving the image of Exmouth.

“The association will continue to meet on a monthly basis to discuss town matters and we will all be working together to get all sorts of fun events going for the next 12 months.”

Mr Nightingale said December was also a success in terms of trade.

He said: “December turned out to be a huge success for the night-time economy of Exmouth licensees.

“With how the days of the holiday period fell, the result was an uplift in trade across the whole month, rather than the peaks and troughs that are usually associated with the festive period.”


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