Lincoln BIG's evening economy programme brings together interested partners and aims to co-ordinate a range of initiatives to ensure a safe, vibrant and accessible city at night.
Lincoln has the bonus of an Evening Economy Manager, employed by Lincoln BIG, who manages and co-ordinates partner agencies and all involved in the Night-time economy. This is a 24/7 service, and can be accessed through the website or contacting the manager directly.
Membership to one of our two professionally run ‘Pubwatch’ schemes is offered to city centre venues and uphill venues as part of the Night-time Package. Meetings are held every 6 to 8 weeks with a 24/7 access to the online DISC system (Database and Intranet for Safer Communities) and an app to accompany the site so the information can be accessed on the move.
Pubwatch Banning notices can be issued to offenders if a majority vote is given, preventing them from entering Licensed Premises. This can be tracked on the DISC system which is updated after every Pubwatch meeting. Individuals who continue to break Pubwatch Banning Notices can be put forward to the City of Lincoln Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team; further breaches will result in an ASBO or CRASBO.
An encrypted radio system is also available from Lincoln BIG. This gives direct access to CCTV staff, Street Pastors, Door Staff and other venues that operate a radio, for less than £3 a week. Free radio training is also offered to all venues, their staff and the door security companies that work there. Contact the EEM for details.
Street Pastors operate in the City Centre from the Lincoln BIG offices on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11pm and 4am, plus Bank Holiday Sundays. They are on hand to call the appropriate services if needed and help people get a taxi home, contact friends and family, be a listening ear and even just chat with people. They carry bottles of water, flip-flops, space blankets and tissues and are First Aid and Defibrillator trained. A prayer team are in situ at Lincoln BIG while two teams go out on patrol, with direct contact to CCTV control room via their radios, as well as carrying mobile phones.
Defibrillator Training is available free of charge to any business or individual who would like it. In association with EMAS, Lincoln BIG have placed defibrillators in various locations throughout the city in bars and hotels. The 'defibs' are very easy to use and have already been instrumental in saving lives.
The Lasting Support Campaign was launched this year to help combat begging on the streets of Lincoln. The aim is to put any change to the charity boxes, rather than money being put into the hands of the individual who more often than not will be spending it on their next drink or fix of drugs. The charity boxes are placed in various venues throughout Night-Time Economy. The campaign runs in association with Framework, NOMAD and BeAttitude.