Salisbury Aiming for Purple Flag Status

24th Apr 2012 10:15 am

Salisbury is looking to become one of only 25 other towns and cities in the country to be awarded Purple Flag status.

Just as the Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach, Purple Flag is the indicator of where to go for a good, safe night out.
Purple Flag is the “gold standard” for town centres at night, it aims to raise standards and improve the quality of our towns and cities between the hours of 5pm and 5am.

The accreditation scheme is based on a unique set of standards and towns and cities that meet the standards can fly the flag. Since the launch in October 2009 just 25 centres have been awarded Purple Flags.

Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public protection, said: "It is great to see local businesses and organisations working together to make Salisbury a desirable night-time destination for people of all ages. Achieving Purple Flag status would be a great reward for all of this hard work.”

Inspector Andy Noble, from Wiltshire Police, said: “Salisbury Neighbourhood Policing Team wholeheartedly support the Purple Flag bid. I am convinced that the joint work ongoing within the city will continue to reduce violence and make Salisbury safer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners for their support, particularly those within the PubWatch and City Centre CCTV Team.”

The partners working on the Purple Flag project include Wiltshire Council, Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Police, Salisbury City Centre Management, Pub Watch, VisitWiltshire, Salisbury City Football Club, private businesses including shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs, Street Pastors, local media, sport and entertainment providers including City Hall.