|Great news another flag for Southend and it’s the first purple flag in Essex. Well Done the Police and Town Centre Partnership.|
Southend has a new flag to add to its impressive haul of five blue and four green ones – a PURPLE flag.
Purple Flag is a new accreditation scheme which recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night. just as Blue Flags are a guarantee of good beaches, Purple Flags act as an indicator of where to go for a good night out.
The standard is only awarded to entertainment areas which are judged to have met a strict set of criteria.
To date only 25 Purple Flags have been awarded but today (Wednesday 25th April) the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) has announced five new recipients.
They include Southend’s High Street and Sea Front, the first area in Essex to have its night-time economy recognised.
In awarding the Purple Flag the ATCM rated Southend as ‘above standard’ in two of the five judging criteria – ‘Wellbeing’ and ‘A Broad Appeal’.