Cuppa and a cab is great way to keep rev­ellers safe

Af­ter-hours café is a Scot­tish first

Paisley Daily Express - - It’s Back To The Classroom For Mums And Dads - Ali­son Ren­nie

12.10.2017 A unique project that aims to keep late-night rev­ellers safe has been hailed a mas­sive suc­cess.

Alyson Fin­ni­gan, owner of Kilty Kilty, Fan­toosh and Ca­fuf­fals on Pais­ley’s New Street came up with the idea of the Night Café more than a year ago.

She was con­cerned about cus­tomers’ ex­pe­ri­ences get­ting home once they left her premises and vowed to come up with a so­lu­tion.

A year af­ter jump­ing through hoops and talk­ing to her lawyers, Pais­ley po­lice, Ren­frew­shire Cab Com­pany and Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil’s Li­cens­ing Board, she was granted an ex­ten­sion to her li­cence to run the Night Café.

Kilty Kilty stops serv­ing al­co­hol at 2am – night­club Fan­toosh at 3am – and all the cus­tomers in­side are wel­come to wait, or­der a soft drink and a snack from the kitchen, and wait on a taxi, which is or­dered by door staff via a spe­cially-de­signed app.

Once it ar­rives, staff come and get the cus­tomer and es­cort them to their taxi.

Since it be­gan in May, Alyson said it’s been a big suc­cess.

“New Street is the busiest street for the night­time econ­omy in Pais­ley,” she ex­plained.

“You can stand there and look at the peo­ple who are strug­gling to get home at the end of the night.

“I had a think about what we could do for our cus­tomers. How could we make it eas­ier and safer for them?

“When peo­ple are out in the street, full of al­co­hol, cold and frus­trated, that’s when you can get trou­ble.

“But since it be­gan, it’s all been com­pletely pos­i­tive and trou­ble­free. There have been no in­ci­dents in­side or out­side the bar.”

She added: “It’s im­por­tant to em­pha­sise that our cus­tomers don’t have pri­or­ity over any other hires. What we’re pro­vid­ing is a wait­ing area in a safe place.”

The Night Café runs ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day night and is co-or­di­nated by Avril Taylor, a door stew­ard for Kilty Kilty.

Alyson said: “Ev­ery­body knows Avril and sings her praises. The taxi driv­ers are all get­ting to know her and she keeps it all run­ning re­ally well.

“Hats off to the staff, of­ten they’re work­ing till 4.30am, but they don’t leave till ev­ery cus­tomer has gone.

“It’s be­ing funded by our­selves. We pay the stew­ards, we pay the chef and bar staff, but I knew that when I went into it.”

Han­nah Mc­Cul­loch, of­fice man­ager for Ren­frew­shire Cab Com­pany, said Avril was key to the scheme’s suc­cess.

She said: “I loved the idea from the start and have backed Alyson 100 per cent. We are so grate­ful to Avril for how well she runs the scheme. There’s no mess­ing about and the driv­ers are very grate­ful for that.

“Alyson came up with this idea and it’s unique. I hope other places look at do­ing it as well.”

The scheme is the first of its kind in Scot­land and Pais­ley po­lice said other di­vi­sions are watch­ing its suc­cess.

Com­mu­nity Po­lice In­spec­tor Tracy Harkins said: “We have no­ticed a dif­fer­ence in the vol­ume of peo­ple wait­ing for taxis, which as­sists in pre­vent­ing dis­or­der.

“It suits us down to a tee be­cause peo­ple aren’t hang­ing about the street the same way and caus­ing trou­ble.

“Alyson and her team run it very well and we’ve no is­sues with it. It’s been go­ing great so far.”

Coun­cil­lor Andy Steel, con­vener of the coun­cil’s Li­cens­ing Board, added: “The re­quest for an in­crease to the li­cens­ing hours of Kilty Kilty’s was ap­proved in Novem­ber 2016 to al­low the bar to pi­o­neer this new scheme.

“The in­no­va­tive project ap­pears to have achieved ini­tial suc­cess and the coun­cil, along­side Po­lice Scot­land, will con­tinue to mon­i­tor its progress.

“Pais­ley has been awarded Pur­ple Flag sta­tus in recog­ni­tion of its thriv­ing even­ing and night time econ­omy, which re­quires the town to pro­mote the safety and well­be­ing of vis­i­tors and lo­cal res­i­dents.

“Projects such as this will en­sure the area con­tin­ues to im­prove the lo­cal econ­omy by of­fer­ing a di­verse mix of din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment venues, while en­sur­ing there is the ap­pro­pri­ate re­gard taken for cus­tomers’ wel­fare.”

Suc­cess Kilty Kilty door stew­ard Avril Taylor has been praised for how well she runs the Night Café

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