Paisley is awarded prestigious Purple Flag status

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Paisley is proud to have been awarded the much coveted Purple Flag status for its evening and night-time economy at the beginning of 2017.

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 5.00pm and 5.00am.

The Purple flag application was developed last year by Paisley First, with partners; Paisley Pubwatch, Renfrewshire Council, Central Scotland Police, Renfrewshire Cabs, Scotrail, Paisley and West Community Council and the Paisley Street Pastors.

Paisley town centre was only the third area in Scotland to have been awarded this accreditation, behind Aberdeen and Perth.

Purple Flag is the benchmark for good night time destinations – areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents.

Paisley’s continued efforts to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder were praised by assessors, as was the diverse mix of food and drinks establishments on offer.

The strong partnership working between all those working on the Purple Flag application and their enthusiasm for the project also drew praise from assessors.

The Purple Flag programme is managed by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) working alongside the Purple Flag Advisory Committee – a partnership of key stakeholder groups backed by Government, police and businesses, as well as the UK sponsors, Diageo Great Britain.

Purple Flag accreditation is based on 5 core themes that successful towns need to fulfil:

  • Wellbeing
  • Movement
  • Appeal
  • Place
  • Policy

About Purple Flag

The Purple Flag programme was developed following the Civic Trust’s “Night Vision” report in 2006 and is now managed by the Association of Town & City Management.

Purple Flag is:

• An accreditation process similar to Green Flag Award for parks and Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy.
• A comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples designed to help transform town and city centres at night.
• A research, training and development programme, to help towns and cities improve their evening and night-time economy.
• A positive initiative that indicates an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

Working in partnership for Purple Flag