Sunday, April 16, 2006
'Time on Glass' Campaign
The Daily Echo has been building the story of glassing attacks in Bournemouth Town Centre for some time now. Last night they finally made their move to support a ban on the use of glasses and glass bottles by town centre bars and clubs with the announcement of their 'Call Time on Glass' Campaign.
The police have been pushing for this since last autumn.
An excellent initiative, one as a town centre bar owner I fully back.
The impression the publicity gives though is that this is a huge problem throughout the town centre. In my experience, it isn't. There have been some problems, the results of glassing attacks when they have happened have been terrible. However these have been contained to a small area of the town centre.
Rubyz began the transition from glass to plastic in January. We replace our stock of glasses throughout the year and the plan sees us using completely plastic by the autumn.
Certainly on the Westcliff and in the Triangle most of the other bars, pubs and clubs are doing the same thing. None of the problems reported have come from our area. It would be a shame for The Echo not to recognise that sensible moves are already being made by many businesses to remove the risk of glass being used as a weapon in this way.