Bassetlaw Council has responded to criticism from a former Worksop club owner who blamed a ‘lack of support’ for the failure of his business.
Deputy leader of Bassetlaw Council Coun Griff Wynne said he found it hard to dispute Richard Anthony’s points.
“I think that we as an authority have to acknowledge that the quality, standards and offer of a night out in Worksop are in serious decline,” he said.
“The numbers of people going out in Worksop have fallen and there are many different factors and reasons for this. People tell us anecdotally that it’s down to a decline in standards, down to a fear of violence and anti-social behaviour or just that the town at night doesn’t have the right type of entertainment.”
The council is due to launch a consultation on the night time economy, asking people why they don’t go out and what they would like to see more of.
The evidence will inform the authority’s work with the police and other agencies to address the problems.
Coun Wynne added: “I would stress that the decline hasn’t happened over night and a solution will not come over night either.”