Liverpool retains its
Photograph by Patrick Trollope.
LIVERPOOL is celebrating after
learning it has retained the prestigious Purple Flag status for its evening
and night time economy.
Purple Flag is a town and City Centre award; similar to the Blue Flag for
beaches; which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town
and City Centres between the hours of 18:00 and 05:00. Cities and Towns awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant mix of
entertainment while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local
Since 2007, the programme has awarded the Purple Flag status to over 65
Towns and Cities in the UK and Ireland. Purple Flag accredited Towns have
all reported a consistent increase in footfall and a decrease in crime
within the evening and night time economy. The Purple Flag programme is
managed by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) which works
alongside; a partnership of key stakeholder groups backed by Government,
police and businesses, as well as the UK sponsors Diageo Great Britain.
Liverpool, which 1st gained the Purple Flag in 2010, demonstrated that it
had a safe and well managed night time economy with a great offer including
clubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, restaurants and an events programme. Councillor Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead for Community Safety, said:-
"We are very pleased that we are still able to fly the Purple Flag which is
confirmation that we have a safe and vibrant City Centre. A lot of
organisations as well as businesses are working together to achieve this and
our night-time economy is going from strength to strength."
Shanaaz Carroll, CEO (Interim) of the ATCM said:- "There are now
almost 70 Towns and Cities across the UK and Ireland who are proudly flying
the Purple Flag after working hard to gain accreditation. The award is not
just about safety, but also the vibrancy and diversity of the evening and
night time offer ; this can only be achieved by people working together and
across the country we are seeing some amazing examples of this type of
Liverpool will officially receive its Purple Flag at an awards ceremony on
the 25 February 2016, in Aylesbury Vale.