Safer Bars scheme accepts three more pubs

PUBLISHED: 10:50 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010

A CAMPAIGN to promote enjoyable and safe drinking in a town has gathered momentum after three more pubs earned their stars. The Safer Bars Scheme run by Essex Police and backed by Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has added three more licensed premises in

A CAMPAIGN to promote enjoyable and safe drinking in a town has gathered momentum after three more pubs earned their stars.

The Safer Bars Scheme run by Essex Police and backed by Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has added three more licensed premises in Saffron Walden to its ranks.

Insp Kevin Wakefield presented awards to the Saffron Hotel and the Cross Keys pub, both on the High Street, and the Sun Inn on Church Street.

"I am particularly pleased to present these awards today for two reasons: it demonstrates the commitment of the premises to deliver higher standards in our pubs in Saffron Walden, making it an even safer and more pleasant place to visit and socialise," said Insp Wakefield.

"Secondly and equally important, it is also an excellent example of successful partnership working."

The three drinking establishments became accredited under the scheme at a ceremony held at The Saffron Hotel on Wednesday June 11.

In attendance were chairman of the Essex Police Authority Robert Chambers, chairman of the UDC Licensing Authority Cllr Eric Hicks, UDC licensing officer Murray Hardy and Sgt Mick Ashton.

Police licensing officer Steve Sparrow, the schemes administrator, presided over the event.

The Safer Bars Scheme operates by issuing a star rating (maximum five) to participating licensed premises with the licensees meeting a number of requirements. They must prove that they have competency in a number of areas including health and hygiene, fire safety, conflict resolution and staff training.

Suzanne Norman of the Saffron Hotel, which earned a four star rating, said: "It is a very worthwhile exercise working with the police and the local authority to make Saffron Walden a better place to live and enjoy a night out."

Landlord of the Cross Keys Chrissie Vincent was the proud recipient of a three star award and Ron Jones from the Sun Inn picked up a two star award. Each winner was given a commemorative plaque to display in their premises.

There is no fee to participate in the voluntary scheme and it is open to any licensed premises in Uttlesford. Mr Hardy is encouraging more establishments to sign up and anyone who would like more information can call him on 01799 510598.

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