Altrincham Unlimited introduce new Town Ranger

9 Nov 2018

Gareth Aspinall has recently been appointed by Altrincham Unlimited, Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (BID) as the new Town Ranger.  Town Rangers are used by other BIDs throughout the country, but Gareth is the first to be appointed in this role in Altrincham.

As Town Ranger, Gareth will work on behalf of the BID businesses providing a friendly and approachable, uniformed presence in the town.  He will perform a variety of valuable roles from welcoming visitors to supporting businesses on a day to day basis, working closely with the Police, Trafford Council and other partners to assist with the smooth running of the town.  He will respond to local business queries and help to ensure the town centre is clean, safe and help to provide a quality experience for businesses, workers and visitors. In his role he will also provide hands-on support for the BID’s street activities and town centre events.

Gareth adds considerable experience to the team at Altrincham Unlimited having previously served in the British Army and most recently worked in the Prison Service.  He has completed an induction period which has included spending time with the Rangers in Manchester City Centre.  He will start in uniform on Tuesday 13th November and will be easy to identify in his distinctive orange jacket.

Commenting on this appointment, Gareth Aspinall said, “I’m really looking forward to meeting all the BID businesses in Altrincham and I hope I will make a valuable contribution to the business community in the town”.

Elizabeth Faulkner, BID Manager, explained, “The Town Ranger is a completely new role for Altrincham’s BID and Gareth will be a valuable presence on the street. His duties are not intended to replace council services, but he will be reporting and following up on a variety of issues that the BID businesses have told us are important to them. For example, reporting graffiti and monitoring that it has been removed and occasionally asking very loud buskers to perform at a more ambient level.  He will also be assisting the BID Team as we continue to focus on offering events, projects, campaigns, marketing and initiatives all aimed at improving Altrincham’s business and retail environment.  We’re really pleased to have Gareth on board”.