Bondholders St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter BIDs were jointly shortlisted in the Partnership of the Year category at the Association of Town and City Management Industry Awards 2018 – in recognition of their pioneering work with key partners in the city to address crime and anti social behaviour.
The Cathedral Quarter BID was also voted Runner Up in the Best Event Award for its CQ Saturdays programme of free street entertainment.
Applications for the prestigious national awards was made by Pfbb UK Ltd who are project managers for both the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter BIDs.
Pfbb UK BID managers Ashley Lewis and Ian Hinds picked up the awards on behalf of the local businesses at the Association of Town and City Management Industry annual conference held in Hull.
Ian Ferguson Pfbb UK Director said “As BID project managers we were keen to showcase the partnership work that we are achieving with key partners in two very different aspects of city centre life. These awards are great accolades for the spirit of cooperation that is alive and well in the city.”
The Partnership Engagement and Enforcement Programme (PEEP) was formed last June to target resources towards an increase of anti-social behaviour in the city centre.
PEEP brought together the St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter rangers, city centre police officers, treatment providers, outreach workers, homeless charities, accommodation providers and the probation service who identified people involved in visible, on-street problematic substance misuse and antisocial behaviour in the city and referred them to the scheme.
Individuals were then given the opportunity to engage with drug and alcohol treatment services, receive medical help and support, access food provision, engage with accommodation services (and be housed), comply with probation and stop committing antisocial behaviour and/or begging in the city centre. Those who did not to comply faced enforcement sanctions.
In the past year, 58 individuals have been targeted for some form of intervention of which 29 were confirmed as homeless or rough sleepers with issues of problematic substance misuse. 40 PEEP clients entered drug and alcohol treatment services and 16 have maintained stable accommodation.
Where individuals have refused to engage with PEEP, the BID Rangers have been instrumental in assisting Police in tackling anti-social behaviour. Over 550 dispersal orders have been issued and 170 arrests made by the Police with 28 individuals receiving custodial sentences.
Such has been the success of the PEEP, it is now being held up as an example of good practice and has been praised by magistrate judges for reducing visible anti-social behaviour and tackling substance misuse in the city centre.
For more information about the work of the BIDS, visit www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk and www.stpetersquarter.co.uk