Don’t get left in the dark, visit the community advice drop-in shop!

Ashfored Borough CouncilHalloween and bonfire night are just around the corner so it’s a good time to think about your personal safety and that of your family to ensure these two favourites keep the emphasis on the fun!

With this in mind the community advice drop-in shop is returning to County Square during the half term week from Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st October.

The nights are getting longer and Kent Road Safety will be on hand to give you tips and guidance on road safety in the dark as well as enjoying trick or treating.

If you’re thinking of holding or attending a bonfire or fireworks event, you can have a chat with Kent Fire and Rescue Service to ensure the night is one to remember for the right reasons.

Kent Police will also be available to give advice on personal safety and home security.

Situated opposite Costa Coffee near the Tufton Street entrance the shop will be open from 10am until 3pm each day.

The Community Safety Partnership aims to improve residents’ quality of life and reduce the fear of crime by ensuring that the borough’s communities are safe places in which to live.

In addition to the practical advice available there will also be the ever popular face painting for children, plus a number of free giveaways.

Cllr Bernard Heyes, Ashford Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Wellbeing and Safety, said: “This is a fun time of year for children and their parents and the purpose of this type of engagement is to ensure that everyone enjoys bonfire nights, fireworks and Halloween safely. As the nights draw in it is important that we remind residents about road safety too.

“The drop-in shop brings together your local services to raise public awareness and give the best tips on how to make this season enjoyable and safe for all.”

Kent Fire and Rescue Service Partnership Manager Mick Pitney said: “These events give people the opportunity to chat to us about issues that matter to them and to find out how they can keep themselves and their loved-ones safe from fire at home, and while enjoying in Halloween or Bonfire night activities. We will also be offering advice about being prepared for winter driving conditions.”

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