Purple Flag Day

This Saturday (30 April) is “Purple Flag Day” in Weston-super-Mare.

The town was awarded the prestigious Purple Flag for its evening and night-time economy earlier this year following a joint submission led by North Somerset Council, Avon and Somerset Police and the Weston Business Improvement District (BID).

Representatives from each of these organisations gathered in Princess Royal Square earlier this week to officially raise the flag.

Towns achieving Purple Flag status are recognised for providing a vibrant mix of night-time entertainment while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents.

On Saturday there will be an enhanced multi-agency night of action in the town involving the police and the council’s environmental protection, licensing and trading standards teams. In addition, the charity Addaction will be offering alcohol/drug misuse advice.

Mavis (multi-agency vehicle in service) will be in the town centre providing a hub for police, ambulance, street wardens, street pastors, licensing and other local agencies working in the night-time economy. From the bus these agencies are able to offer first aid, advice and help to vulnerable people in Weston after dark. The distinctive purple bus will be located in the heart of the town centre at the junction of High Street and Regent Street helping to ensure people have a safe night out.

Earlier in the day there will be entertainment in Princess Royal Square with the Joseph Peace Fire Stunt Spectacular, a show blending amazing fire stunts with comedy and audience response. There will be two displays at 3pm and 5pm.

Building on the partnership work done over the last two years to gain Purple Flag status for Weston town centre, the council’s community safety team is now seeking people’s views on the town centre after dark.

A short online survey – available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/pf – asks people how safe they feel in the town after dark (and if this has changed in the past 12 months), what types of venue they would like to see more of and any additional thoughts they have on improving the town centre.

“Whether you are a regular night time visitor to the town centre or not, we would like to get your thoughts,” said the council’s community safety manager Howard Pothecary. “Your responses will help steer us in our joint work with the police and other agencies to make Weston’s evening and night-time economy safer, more attractive and diverse.”

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