Winter gritting, CCTV, security patrols, litter bins, landscaping and events - just a few of the ongoing, regular projects funded by Brackmills BID. Read on for all the details ...
Prior to 2011, the only winter gritting performed on the estate was on those roads identified by the County Council as at risk.
The BID has entered into a contract with Kier WSP to ensure all roads on the estate are gritted when temperatures are set to fall below zero. Roads on the estate are also gritted when there is a high confidence of snowfall.
Did you know - Over 50 applications have been performed annually since 2010/2011 with the most in 2012/2013 with 140 applications Vehicles throughout the estate now benefit from safer road surface conditions when temperatures fall below zero, or snowfall is predicted.
The BID team undertake regular patrols of the estate to report issues to our partners at the County Council or Borough Council.
The issues can include potholes, overgrown shrubbery, litter or damaged road surface or signage. The BID team reports directly to the NBC Street Care service or NCC Street Doctor service so they can be placed on to the job sheet for a council inspector to visit and programme for intervention.
CCTV Maintenance and Monitoring
In 2009, following a successful application by Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Police to the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, a network of 12 ANPR cameras and 9 CCTV cameras were installed to monitor the estate’s exit and entrances and those vehicles parked on Gowerton Road new HGV bays installed in the same year.
The cameras are monitored by the Borough Council’s CCTV Control room team at St Johns Car park in Northampton.
In 2019, the BID replaced the 12 ANPR cameras with 6 dual lane digital cameras that can both read number plates and pick up a visual of the vehicle.
Did you know – the BID pays for the maintenance and monitoring of the CCTV and ANPR cameras. Thefts to and from vehicles have fallen by 95% since 2009. The cameras help to deter crime with the number of reported incidents on the estate having fallen by 70%.
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)
Since 2011 the BID has contracted a full-time Police Community Support Officer from Northamptonshire Police.
Our officer is called Ian Taylor and he has been working on the estate since 2011.
The BID's PCSO has his own bike and police vehicle and undertakes pro-active patrols, visits businesses and is available to provide crime prevention support advice. Our PCSO provides a valuable role in deterring crime on the estate, reporting issues and providing support for businesses on the estate in relation to crime prevention advice.
Bank Holiday Weekend Security Patrols
Since 2017, the BID has worked with Northampton based security company, Etiquette Security to provide additional weekend patrols of the estate. Dovetailing with the shifts of our PCSO to ensure there is a presence on the estate to deter crime.
The additional security officers ensure that suspicious persons and vehicles seen on the estate are reported.
In addition to monitor those businesses units closed or vacant.
Business Watch Alerts
The BID has been issuing Business Watch Alerts to estate businesses since 2010 notifying businesses throughout the estate regarding incidents, traveller encampments or suspicious persons and vehicles. The regular flow of information helps to deter crime and enable businesses to proactively secure their premises.
Litter Bins and collections
In order to improve the estate’s appearance since 2012 the BID has invested in 50 litter bins placed throughout the estate to encourage people to keep the estate tidy. The bins are collected weekly to avoid litter build-ups.
Roundabout and Landscaping Maintenance
Since 2012 the BID has had an agreement with Northamptonshire County Council to maintain the roundabouts at an enhanced level to the statutory service levels.
The roundabout near the estate entrance from the A45 has been upgraded to included a new welcome sign, flower beds and Christmas lights. The roundabout on Liliput Road and one on Gowerton Road have also been landscaped. Each month the six estate roundabouts are litter picked, mown and shrubs pruned to remain a tidy appearance.
Encouraging new investment on the estate and working with landlords
In the summer of 2018, the BID invited property owners and landlords to an event in London to showcase the estate to help attract new tenants. A new investment prospectus was created to encourage new businesses to move on to the estate to occupy vacant units
The BID website was first launched in 2009, and in 2018 was relaunched to provide information for businesses on the estate, the estate community and new investors. The site includes a Business Directory and Incident section.
BID Social Media
The estate has Facebook and Twitter accounts to relay news and information to the estate businesses and those who work on the estate. The BID also post You Tube videos profiling the BID and the estate.
AGM, Estate Group and Business Events
The BID holds its Annual General Meeting each September open to all members. The next AGM will take place on the 24th September 2019. The estate holds regular events throughout the year to inform businesses and to encourage networking.
The BID has worked with Northamptonshire County Council’s Emergency Planning team since 2009 to work to support businesses if an incident occurs on the estate. An estate Incident Plan called Operation Windmill was launched to help support in major incidents whether this be Fire & Flood, Snowfall, Road Traffic Accidents or Travellers etc.
The estate team also visit businesses affected by incidents to support businesses on the estate impacted by an incident and provide communications to all estate businesses to mitigate any knock-on impacts.