The Greater City Centre Experience theme group is chaired by Caroline French, from WJ French and Sons. The group has 4 core aims:
1. A Cleaner City Centre
Working with our partners we will make sure that our City Centre is cleaner and that our pavements and streets are upgraded. We will increase standards of street cleaning where necessary, with special emphasis on flagship areas such as the city walls. We will support greening initiatives with new planting and micro gardening and encourage all landowners to take better care of their grounds.
2. Safer City Centre
With the police and City Council, we will work to achieve a measurable reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour, including begging, shoplifting and pedlars. Again the BID will look to augment the efforts of others who need to use the powers they have consistently. We will also assist in the identification of suspects, improve crime reporting and consider a diverted giving scheme to charities that support the homeless.
3. Coordinated and Better Events
We will enhance the current programme of City Centre events into a stronger and better marketed annual programme. Events will be higher quality and more strongly marketed both in and outside the city. We will identify new sponsors and look for new partnerships, for example with Culture Southampton. We will exploit the new facilities in the Cultural Quarter and Western Esplanade, adjacent to the City Walls.
4. Better Transport
We will champion improvements to traffic management and parking, to public transport and to transport infrastructure. In the short term we will focus on securing a significantly improved parking experience equal to the best in the commercial sector. We will seek to improve the condition of roads and pavements and achieve better bus and train services. In the longer term we will engage at local and regional levels to secure infrastructure improvements that might include a new traffic signal system, road improvements and better public transport interchanges.
For more detailed information on the activities of this group, please see the business plan or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Projects & Achievements
27.09.18 – Connected 2040 Briefing – GO! Southampton held the first Connected 2040 briefing. The draft strategy, which is out to public consultation until Tuesday 16 October, sets out a long-term vision for improving the transport network in Southampton over the next twenty years.
20.08.18 – Helistrat Appointed – Go! Southampton appointed Helistrat to complete a review of the commercial waste provision in Southampton. Helistrat help companies with sustainability and waste management challenges to think differently, designing out waste and unlocking its value. They will be starting a project with GO! Southampton to benchmark waste streams across the district, produce a gap analysis, and provide recommendations for a future commercial waste scheme in Southampton.
02.07.18 – Waste & Recycling – Go! Southampton started exploring opportunities to further reduce business costs. A key area of exploration included a review of the commercial waste and recycling operations in the city. The aim of the scheme would be to ensure the service is competitively priced saving businesses money, whilst reducing the City’s carbon footprint. Go! Southampton will be working with an industry expert to complete this review.
01.07.18 – Street Rangers Launch – GO! Southampton’s new Street Rangers hit the streets of Southampton.
03.09.18 – Cleaning SWAT Team Launches – The city centre will saw the arrival of a dedicated cleaning team that will respond directly to businesses’ needs. The team will operate seven days a week. Go! Southampton’s investment in two cleaning operatives is being matched by Southampton City Council, which will provide a further two. The team will raise the standard of delivery on a range of issues, including fly-posting, bin cleaning, graffiti and fly tipping. It will also offer a ‘bespoke’ cleaning service outside BID member premises as and when required.
01.05.18 – Street Support Website – Street Support is live! Southampton’s dedicated website – both for homeless people, and those who want to assist them – went online on May 1st. The website is the first result of the new citywide consortium ‘Beds, Begging & Business’ that is seeking to ensure both consistency in approach to the issue, and greater efforts on a variety of fronts. The Southampton site is funded by Southampton City Council, Go! Southampton and Rotary Club of Southampton.
26.03.18 – City Centre Animation Project – Aluminium bins around Southampton’s City Centre were transformed into works of art as a part of an exhibition and city centre trail supported by GO! Southampton. The ten bins, stretching the length of Above Bar Street, were hand-painted by artist Kev Munday, as part of his three-month living exhibition, “Stand Together”.
24.02.18 – Street Rangers Tender Issued – Go! Southampton issued a tender to provide rangers for the streets of the BID area. The scheme will provide a daily presence in the city centre with staff dedicated to reporting issues, helping visitors and meeting regularly with BID Businesses. The tender provides for a 7-day, daytime service with links to Southampton City Council’s enforcement teams, the police, Southampton Business Against Crime (SOBAC) and other organisations that deal with issues in the city centre.
01.02.18 – Group Procurement Project Launched – GO! Southampton launched its National BIDs Buying Service, delivered by Meercat Associates, to help cut operating costs in levy payers businesses. By harnessing the buying power of all BID members, we can negotiate better rates on a host of essential utilities and services.
01.02.18 – Hearing Loop Project – Go! Southampton committed funding to help support the Loop Hearing Project with the aim of increasing the number of premises that have a hearing loop system. The BID’s involvement allows smaller businesses to install a system by offering a subsidy on the installation.
19.11.17 – Beds, Begging & Business – Go! Southampton staff and board members were among more than 70 stakeholders who came together to discuss rough sleeping and homelessness in Southampton at the first ‘Beds, Begging & Business’ conference. The conversation was organised to look afresh at issues of street homelessness – as well as aggressive begging –in the city. After an intensive day of discussion, the participants agreed to set up several groups to move forward the programme.
11.11.17 – Christmas Lights – On 11th November 2017 the Christmas lights were switched on with additional lights and decorations provided by GoSo in locations including London Road, Old Town and Bedford Place and East Street.
10.10.18 – Carpark Cleaning – This deep clean was part of a joint effort by the BID and the City Council to improve the experience of customers and staff who use the 5 multi storeys in the city. It also involves locking down the car parks at night to improve safety. So far, the BID’s contribution has been modest, but the results are encouraging and it’s likely that GO! Southampton will now invest more into projects across the city centre to really make it sparkle.
29.08.17 – Cleaner City – Worked in partnership with Southampton City Council to devise a month-long programme of deep cleaning in the city centre which began on 29 August 2017. The BID will contribute to the cost of the scheme, helping the council to augment its existing street cleaning service.