Gosport retailers sign up to safer places scheme

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SHOPKEEPERS have pledged to provide a safe haven for disabled and vulnerable shoppers as part of a new scheme.

Gosport Borough Council is encouraging businesses to sign up to the Safer Places scheme.

The initiative encourages local businesses and retailers to display a Safer Places notice in their window. This lets people know the shop is a ‘safe haven’ for them if they encounter difficulties while out shopping.

Gosport Cllr John Beavis: ‘Sadly, sometimes the more vulnerable amongst us can suffer taunting when they are out alone. It is a disgraceful way for anyone to behave, but unfortunately it happens and it can leave a person frightened to venture out alone.

‘However if they can see a sign in a shop window which lets them know that a safe place and a friendly face is there to help them, it can improve their confidence and quality of life.’

The scheme has received the backing of the town’s MP, Caroline Dinenage.

So far more than 34 businesses have signed up.