A meeting for Ramsgate businesses will be held on Wednesday (May 29) to discuss the continuing problem of vandalism and violence in the town late at night.
County councillor Karen Constantine has arranged for the meeting to be attended by Thanet Chief Inspector Lara Connor, off Kent Police. It will be held ay Zest Café in Queen Street from 6pm-7pm.
The meeting follows the stabbing of a man in neck during an incident in Harbour Street earlier this month.
Meetings held in 2017 to discuss similar issues resulted in action including 48 hour dispersal orders and patrols targeting ‘hotspots.’
Cllr Constantine, who also sits on the district council, said: “We must take whatever steps are necessary to support our local businesses, our local community and to ensure are streets are safe and to safeguard Ramsgate’s reputation.
“The nighttime economy needs to be dealt with. A balance must be struck between licensed premises and the needs of the wider community.”
Ward councillors Raushan Ara and Peter Campbell have called for more police coverage between Thursday to Saturday night.
In a statement they added: “There needs to be an action plan for the town centre, especially Harbour Street as the gate of the town, and this plan needs to be supported by police, businesses and the various agencies including Thanet District Council.”