Midsomer Norton's street marshal scheme set to continue town patrols into summer
Midsomer Norton's street marshal scheme is set to continue for at least another six months.
Security guards have been patrolling the town centre in a pilot project to tackle drink-related antisocial behaviour since last October.
The trial is about to come to an end but it has proved so successful councillors have agreed funding so that the scheme can continue into the summer.
The marshals have been funded jointly with Bath and North East Somerset Council and the authority is also being asked to continue its financial backing.
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The town council is considering applying for official purple flag status to show that Midsomer Norton is a safe place to be at night.
Street marshals patrol the town centre between 10pm and 3am on Friday and Saturday nights and have been welcomed by business owners, residents and visitors.
In the first three months of patrols, they dealt with 111 incidents, of which 41 required police back-up and six needed medical attention. All the incidents were said to be alcohol-related.
Town councillor Linda Dunford said the marshals appeared to be acting as a deterrent, with a considerable reduction in the number of incidents being dealt with.
Mrs Dunford said there had been positive comments about the scheme from residents and people who were out and about at the weekends.
She said: "One of the nice things it has done is to be proactive in tackling antisocial behaviour problems."
Mrs Dunford said purple flag status was seen as a symbol of a safe night-time economy.
She added: "It shows everyone that Midsomer Norton is a very safe place to come and encourages more people and businesses to come into town on an evening rather than going to Bristol or Bath for nighttime entertainment.
"We have achieved something quite special in Midsomer Norton and have moved on from the negative vision of the town in the past."