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Peterborough Street Bus Back on the Road
« on: January 05, 2012, 09:25:39 PM »
Peterborough Street Bus Back on the Road

Enterprise works in partnership with Peterborough City Council providing a range of services, which include household waste recycling collections, street cleansing and grounds maintenance. This partnership began in March 2011 and is for 23 years.

Peterborough’s ‘Street Bus’ was re-launched on 1 August 2011, helping to occupy and engage young people in some of the city’s most deprived areas, thanks to a campaign spearheaded by Enterprise Peterborough.

The converted shuttle bus was launched as the ‘Street Bus’ in April 2010 by national crime reduction charity Nacro, to help target areas with high levels of anti-social behaviour. It visited ‘hot spots’ around the city and was making a difference to the behaviours of young people in the target areas until it was taken off the road in March 2011 when the funding ran out.

Enterprise Peterborough has sponsored the Street Bus to ensure that it can run until the end of 2011.

The bus is important to the area as it offers advice on health, relationships and education in a fun and engaging environment for young people aged between 16 and 24 years old. It hosts a range of activities, from entertainment consoles and music decks to film editing facilities. It also includes space for one-to-ones and study.

Commenting at the launch in Cathedral Square, Dave Martin, Regional Managing Director for Enterprise said, “The Street Bus was being stored at our depot in Nursery Lane and it was such a shame that it wasn’t being used, particularly when it was proving so popular and so effective.

We’re delighted it’s now back on the road and we look forward to it bringing a great deal of pleasure to as many young people in Peterborough as possible over the coming months.”

Balwinder Gill, Area Manager of Nacro attended the launch and said: “The Street Bus is a fantastic facility to take services directly to where they are needed in our community. Nacro is very grateful to Enterprise and Peterborough City Council who have helped to get the bus out to where it is needed. There are great facilities on board for young people, and it provides a much needed front-line facility, where different agencies can come together to tackle social issues.”
“The contrast between the sights and sounds of the Street Bus and the backdrop of the Cathedral said it all for me,” added Matthew Lee, Deputy Leader of the City Council, “that while the city is steeped in history, we’re also a very young and vibrant city that is prepared to tackle modern issues in innovative ways.”
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