Busi­ness group backs emer­gency ve­hi­cle

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CHEL­TENHAM Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District has spon­sored a new emer­gency care team ve­hi­cle for Chel­tenham Guardians.

The guardians are a vol­un­teer team who op­er­ate on Satur­day nights and pro­vide safe­guard­ing and wel­fare help to drinkers and oth­ers.

Chel­tenham Guardians oper­a­tions di­rec­tor, Terry Howard, said: “It’s im­por­tant to have a reli­able ve­hi­cle and I’m de­lighted that Chel­tenham BID has sup­ported us in this way. The BID and the night-time econ­omy go handin-hand and we work di­rectly with venues in the BID zone.”

Chel­tenham BID be­lieves that the Guardians play an im­por­tant role in sup­port­ing the night-time econ­omy.

BID di­rec­tor, Ke­van Black­ad­der, said: “When this op­por­tu­nity to show our di­rect sup­port for the guardians came along, we were de­lighted to get in­volved.

“Since they launched for­mally in 2016, they have played an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in en­sur­ing that peo­ple have a safe night out.”

The BID has also been di­rectly in­volved in the town achiev­ing Pur­ple Flag sta­tus for hav­ing a safe and vi­brant night­time econ­omy. Chel­tenham was named as the UK town with the most night-time ap­peal in awards given by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Town and City Man­age­ment this year.

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