Is Weston good for a night out? Social media users have had their say
PUBLISHED: 17:23 18 March 2018
Is Weston a safe place to have a night out? Social media users had their say after the town was awarded Purple Flag status - the gold standard for an after-dark economy.
The town has been awarded the purple flag for the third consecutive year by inspectors from the Association of Town and City Management who assessed Weston in December.
Its report praised the regeneration of the town and spoke fondly of Weston’s pubs, clubs and restaurants which make for a ‘safe and diverse’ night out.
The MAVIS bus, which reduces strain on emergency services by supporting vulnerable people on Saturday nights, was also praised.
North Somerset councillor Felicity Baker 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.”
A Mercury poll of 231 readers found just 26 per cent thought Weston was a good place to spend an evening.
Many people took to social media to share their view of Weston after dark.
Rob Heal wrote: “The inspectors obviously didn’t visit Oxford Street at 4am on a Thursday morning.
“It’s student night and it resembles a war zone.”
Daniel Blewett commented: “I’ve always felt safe on nights out in Weston.
“There’s only one night club and a handful of pubs, how much trouble can there be?
“You get idiots everywhere but luckily you only have a few in this sleepy seaside town.”
Arthur Bruce said: “Weston’s about as safe as Buckaroo with non-existent police, but a huge shout out to the ambulance and safe bus teams who are usually mopping up the mess left on the streets.”
Robert Jones wrote: “Been going out in Weston for the past 13 years and there’s always been trouble and will always be trouble.”
Neil Morgan commented: “After my time as a paramedic, safe is the last word I would use.”