STREET pastors could become familiar faces in Calne after the new mayor pledged to introduce the late night volunteering scheme into the town.

She believes that this could curb anti-social behaviour and provide a greater sense of community between young people and residents.

Mayor Glenis Ansell also wants to improve trade by holding a shopping week in November and re launch the previously popular blues and zoos disco in John Bentley School.

Returning to the mayoral spot after serving as the town’s mayor in 2012, mayor Glenis Ansell said: “The town council are quite proactive, we built the skate park for them but it is a two way street and it should be treated with respect. I want to see the start of a street pastor scheme in the town like in Chippenham.

“To have adults who go there regularly and can talk to the youngster is a good thing in my view. It is good for the children to have somebody in the community to go to.

“Street pastors will also increase public confidence. We have spoken to the churches and the next steps involve going to the authority that organises them and getting volunteers on board. We have a CCTV system in Calne and Neighbourhood Watches to we have a network there and I think it is important to includes street pastors I that network.

“We will also be running a shopping week in November with late night shopping to get some Christmas shopping done and it will be an event for the town’s businesses to encourage commerce.”

She has also announced plans to bring back the Blues and Zoos monthly children's disco and hopes to use the John Bentley school hall.

Ms Ansell will be working alongside deputy mayor Robert Merrick for the next 12 months. They took on their roles after the mayor making ceremony in the town took place on May 14 in the Town hall.