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Support for community safety scheme

Support for community safety scheme
Article date: 05 Mar 2014

The Muggleton Inn, in Maidstone, is showing its support for the community project ‘Urban Blue’, with a part sponsorship of the scheme.

The Kent town’s Urban Blue bus provides a night-time service, staffed entirely by volunteers, which offers communication, security and medical support to venues and their customers.It is the logical extension to the management of the town’s night economy and complements existing initiatives, such as the Street Pastors, exclusion notices and MaidSafe radio scheme.

Volunteers are carefully selected to ensure the highest standards of service and professionalism. Its trained medical staff offer triage facilities and will call for specialist assistance, when or if required. Urban Blue has a MaidSafe radio linking it to the town’s pubs, clubs, towncentre police and CCTV control and is the first call for door staff
requiring medical assistance for their customers, helping to save the NHS many ambulance calls.

The old redundant bus was donated by Arriva, with conversion costs met by donations from the PCT, Maidstone Police and Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team, while maintenance and servicing are carried out by soldiers from the Maidstone
regiment 36 Engineers.

Stephanie Northwood, pub manager at The Muggleton Inn, said: Urban Blue is a great community initiative which provides a fantastic service, thanks to the volunteers and partnerships involved. It helps to keep the town safe for the people of Maidstone to enjoy and we whole-heartedly support the scheme.

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