Do you think Weston is a safe place for a night out?

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 March 2018

Weston has been awarded Purple Flag status for the third year in a row.

Weston has been awarded Purple Flag status for the third year in a row.

Archant

Weston-super-Mare’s ‘safe and diverse’ night-time economy has been praised by inspectors, receiving prestigious Purple Flag status.

Do you think Weston is a good place for a night out?Do you think Weston is a good place for a night out?

The town has been awarded the Purple Flag – widely recognised as the gold standard for a safe after-dark destination – for a third-consecutive year after a successful application from North Somerset Council and Weston Business Improvement District (BID).

The town was assessed by the Association of Town and City Management in December, who reported fondly on the regeneration of Dolphin Square and the Italian Gardens, and were complimentary of Weston’s selection of pubs and restaurants.

The MAVIS bus, which reduces strain on emergency services by supporting vulnerable people on Saturday nights, was also praised.

Inspectors also praised the ‘passion, enthusiasm and commitment’ of the council, the BID – which works to boost town-centre trade and co-ordinates Weston’s street wardens – and other organisations involved in promoting Weston’s evening trade.

Cllr Felicity Baker, the authority’s executive member for community safety, said: “The council’s aim is to provide a safe, enjoyable and friendly evening and night-time economy for everyone.

“To achieve this all relevant agencies and local businesses are working together to keep the town safe after dark and broaden the appeal of what’s on offer.

“The assessors were impressed with the partnership working and with the dramatic regeneration the town centre has undergone in the past year, improving the experience for visitors.”

BID manager Steve Townsend said: “The majority of people would be really surprised by how much activity goes on behind the scenes to ensure we have a managed evening and night-time economy which has broad appeal.

“We have achieved so much but there is also much still to achieve, and Purple Flag gives us the framework to make this happen.

“I would urge all licensed premises to become involved with our Pub Watch initiative to find out more.”

Weston’s retention of Purple Flag status comes after new data revealed crime and disorder in the town centre after dark has fallen for the third year in a row.

Inspector David Deakin, of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, added: “It’s great Weston has retained this status, which reflects the hard work put in to keeping our town’s residents, workers and visitors safe.”

More from Weston Mercury

08:13

Runners dressed as reindeer, elves and Santas and raced across Weston-super-Mare beach in the Christmas Cracker 10k.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
06:55

The following cases were heard at North Somerset Courthouse from November 5-14.

Read more
In The Dock
Yesterday, 20:00

Two of the West Country’s top performing choral groups will bring their melodic tunes to Weston this Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A Cheddar school has been praised for its ‘shared vision for care and inclusion’ by an education watchdog.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Parking in Burnham-on-Sea and Cheddar will be free on the two Saturdays before Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

A Somerset village has been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to create a community hub after enduring months of problems.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

A plan to build futuristic magnet train between Weston and Bristol has been proposed to avoid the creation of a ‘dormitory town the size of Wells’.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:50

A blue plaque commemorating one of Weston’s most famous architects will be dedicated this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

More than 7,500 hoax calls were made to police and ambulance services in Somerset over the past three years.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00

Burnham’s Princess Theatre is set to get a makeover after the town council’s bid for a major Government grant was approved.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists