|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’.
Please be advised that between 09:30 and 15:30 on the following days the following sections of the A127 will be subject to lane closures in lane 2.
Tuesday 1st February – Borough Boundary – Progress Road- postponed
Tuesday 8th February – Progress Road – Bell house Lane
Tuesday 15th February – Bell house Lane – Kent Elms
Tuesday 22nd February – Kent Elms – Tesco’s / Nestuda Roundabout, brought forward to 1st Feb.
Provisional – Tuesday 1ST March – Lane 1 Kent Elms to just beyond Brendan Way.
The primary works are for maintenance of the central reservations.
The opportunity has been taken to arrange for Street Lighting to carryout their works and an invitation has been extended to Street Scene for their contractor to carry out both a litter pick and gully cleaning exercise.
The Contractors at Progress Road have been involved and they may also take the opportunity to carryout any suitable activities.
Well thats what the residents of Westborough asked for and that’s what they got! Streets between London Road and Westborough Road have been calmed, made alternate oneway and 20mph. These are residential streets that for far too long have been rat runs. early indications suggest that speeds are much reduced and rat running far less.
Is this something that you would like in your area? Is this something that Southend should consider in all residential streets? Post your comments and let me know your views!