Assessors visit Weston as town bids to keep its prestigious purple flag statusSafer Stronger North Somerset
The bi-annual Purple Flag accreditation assessment for Weston-super-Mare evening and night time economy took place last Friday (29 November).
The independent assessors from Association of Town Centre Management were hosted for the evening by members of Weston’s Purple Flag working group which is led by our Community Safety team and included officers from the CCTV Control Room, Licensing, Development and Regeneration as well as partners from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Weston BID and PubWatch licensees.
The overnight assessment is a crucial part of the purple flag renewal process to ensure Weston retains its purple flag assessment.
The assessment started at 5pm with a presentation in the Electric Banana on various initiatives such as the town centre regeneration, the new violence reduction unit and various police, licensing and Community Safety initiatives which ensure Weston’s evening and night time economy (ENTE) is safe and well managed.
The assessors were then taken on a tour of Weston town centre at night, visiting a range of venues including nightclubs, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues such as the Grand Pier, Tropicana and Icescape. The assessors also visited to the Homeless Night Assessment Centre, town centre regeneration sites such as the Italian Gardens and the council’s CCTV Control Room led by the control room manager and the operators.
As one of our key initiatives in Weston’s evening and night time economy, the MAVISbus made a special appearance along with Bristol Ambulance and PCSOs who crew MAVISbus every Saturday, to give the assessors a chance to look around the bus and meet the crew. The assessment was a long night for all those involved but was a great opportunity to highlight all the work that has been done over the last 12 months to ensure Weston’s ENTE is safe, well managed and diverse.We expect to hear the result of our renewal application in January!