As Bradford prepares for its year as City of Culture in 2025, local authorities are making plans to tackle anti-social behaviour and littering in the city. A council meeting will hear that police powers could be reviewed to deter crime, with extra lighting, CCTV and cutting back vegetation among the measures being considered. Additionally, licensing arrangements would be streamlined to encourage bars and food outlets to open in time for the event, while cleaning would be carried out to ensure the city is “prepared and dressed” ahead of the year-long arts festival. With the refurbished St George’s Hall set to be one of the venues for events in 2025, local authorities are keen to ensure Bradford is a safe and welcoming destination for visitors. As such, they have established a series of initiatives to promote feelings of safety in urban centres and other key cultural sites, with ‘real safety’ assessments a key part of the process. It appears Bradford is determined to put its best foot forward ahead of its year in the spotlight!