Town Rangers could patrol three nights a week

TOWN Rangers could be patrolling the streets of Boston for three evenings a week, if plans put forward by Boston BID are given the go-ahead.

The staff would be out on the streets from 7-11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in a bid to support the nighttime economy in the town and offer the public a visible security presence which may make them feel safer while out in the evening.

They will go around pubs, restaurants and shops which open late at night in pairs, but clubs will not be included in the remit.

BID chairman Alan Ellis said: “They all pay the BID levy just the same as shop owners. It’s to make them feel included as well.

“It will also make the public feel more at home. We hope it will boost the number of families in the town as it will make them feel safer on the street at night.”

But the idea was not well-received by all attending the meeting.

One BID member said she did not think it would make any difference to the town, and that it would not help improve businesses as many of them would be closed, adding that the rangers would cover more ground if they toured the town by themselves.

Another said it would not deal with nighttime problems as they normally arose after the pubs and clubsclose later on in the night.

However, BID director Tina Edmunds said: “When I have been out sometimes and we have walked around at half nine or 10 you get people sat drinking by the church.”

She added she would feel safer if the rangers were out in the town.

BID will now consult with members.