Salisbury retains Purple Flag status

Salisbury retains Purple Flag status

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:20am 21st January 2020.

4 minute read

Our city's been accredited for being a 'safe and vibrant night out' once again.

Salisbury's been a designated Purple Flag area since the scheme launched in 2012, making it one of the longest standing places to have the status.

The latest approval follows an 'inspection night' in December, where a team come to Salisbury and assess our night-time economy, as well as a written application.

Salisbury Purple Flag 2020 - Annie Child, Robin McGowan, Ian Southwood, Cllr Jeremy Nettle, PS Lisa Lovatt
Salisbury celebrates getting Purple Flag status for 2020 - (left to right - Annie Child from Salisbury City Council; Robin McGowan from Salisbury BID; Ian Southwood from Wiltshire Council; Cllr Jeremy Nettle, Leader of Salisbury City Council; and Wiltshire Police Sergeant Lisa Lovatt

WHAT IS PURPLE FLAG? 

It's a bit like the Blue Flags given to beaches, and the Green Flags given to parks.

The status is aimed at 'raising the standard of towns and cities between 5.00pm and 5.00am'.

It's given to places that can demonstrate that they're 'entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable' for a night out.

Salisbury Purple Flag Status Banner
The Purple Flag banner will be used in Salisbury for the next couple of years

Amanda Newbery, Chair of Salisbury's Purple Flag Steering Group and Managing Director of The Chapel Nightclub, said: 

"The award of Purple Flag to Salisbury is a reflection of the real partnership working that goes on behind the scenes to run this city and I'm delighted that they have chosen to award us."

Robin McGowan, Salisbury BID's Chief Executive, said: 

"It's a fantastic achievement and Salisbury BID is very proud to have played a part in the re-accreditation of the Purple Flag status. The accreditation is a really tough process, but it's a hugely valuable piece of work for the city and recognises all the hard work put in by the city's partners to ensure Salisbury remains a safe and vibrant night out. We hope the Purple Flag status will encourage people to come and enjoy Salisbury's night life."

Salisbury Live in Market Square 2019
The Salisbury Live in the Market Square last summer helped to bring people into the city centre of an evening

The Purple Flag application was put in with some help from a number of partners around Salisbury.

Some of those have been reacting to the re-accreditation.

Inspector Pete Sparrow, from Salisbury Community Policing Team, said: 

"The past year has given us the opportunity to strengthen genuine partnerships that keep Salisbury safe. Our priority remains to be a visible and engaging presence within our communities, and I am delighted that the efforts of everyone involved has been recognised by the awarding of the Purple Flag."

Councillor Jeremy Nettle, Leader of Salisbury City Council, said: 

"We are delighted to hear that Salisbury has been re-accredited with Purple Flag status. It shows that the city is a diverse, safe and enjoyable night out with plenty on offer for everyone. Salisbury City Council will be working with Salisbury BID and partners to promote a vibrant City Centre to support an evening economy. Come and enjoy its fantastic arts and culture, leisure, food and dining, education and events taking place all year round."

Purple Flag Salisbury 2020
Actual Purple Flags will continue to fly around Salisbury to show we have the status for the city

Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: 

"I congratulate the organisations and businesses of Salisbury who have made this application successful. A thriving night-time economy attracts visitors to the city, encourages residents to live here and investors to invest.  We are committed to working with partners to strengthen and expand the night-time economy and currently have several exciting initiatives in the pipeline." 

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