Words by John Hodgkiss, Erdington BID & Town Centre Manager
Our focus this summer has been to tackle both retail crime and anti-social behaviour in Erdington Town Centre.
We are delighted to welcome a new Street Warden to Erdington. They will be working closely with the existing Warden, John, patrolling the BID area to improve the current crime situation in Erdington which in turn will allow us to attract future inward investment into the Town Centre.
By concentrating on safety and security in Erdington and tackling this problem now will enable us to welcome new visitors to the High Street, as well as welcome back those who have not visited for some time.
By putting the fundamentals such as crime reduction in place, we can actively try and attract both new independent and national retailers on to Erdington High Street. It will also mean that footfall will increase as a result, making Erdington a far more positive economic prospect for investment.
If you have any suggestions on what events you would like to see hosted by the BID this winter, then please contact the BID on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
(Ed’s note: This column was first submitted to the Erdington Local newspaper on 4 September, before the announcement of a Section 114 notice issued by Birmingham City Council.)