City waves Purple Flag for a better night out

Press Release: 03/12/2013

Catherine Turness, Cllr Robert Humby, and Kate Raines

For the fourth year running Winchester has been awarded ‘Purple Flag’ status in recognition that it offers visitors an entertaining and safe night out.

Just as a Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach, a Purple Flag is an indicator of where to go for a good night out. The national scheme, led by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM), recognises that a town or city is managing its night time experience and overcoming any negative public perceptions that may exist. Winchester has achieved this status as it offers a first class night out for both residents and the city's four million visitors a year.

Having completed the annual overnight walkabout of the city centre, officers and members from Winchester City Council as well as staff from Winchester Business Improvement District are once again delighted to retain the Purple Flag, showing that Winchester has a prosperous night time economy. This year the partnership also included the Accident and Emergency team at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and the Student Union at University of Winchester in our Purple Flag partnership.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City, said:

Receiving Purple Flag accreditation for the fourth year in a row is a great boost for local businesses and assures all those who work hard to keep the City Centre safe that they are doing a fantastic job. The assessment includes each year a visit to the city’s CCTV control room in Winnall, where staff work 24 hours a day to ensure that Winchester’s streets remain safe.

Catherine Turness, Winchester Business Improvement District Manager, added:

The BID is proud to have played its part in the city receiving this award for its prosperous night time economy. Many BID funded projects, such as the new Business Crime Reduction Partnership and the Winchester Street pastor volunteers, contribute to a safe night out, and the variety of vibrant businesses in Winchester ensures that all ages can have an entertaining evening.

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