Beckenham awarded prestigious prize for night time economy
Published Thursday, 21 January 2016
Beckenham has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag award by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) for its night time economy.
The accreditation indicates a gold standard for town centres at night. In the same way blue flags recognise outstanding beach quality, the purple flag accreditation scheme recognises excellence in managing a thriving, vibrant evening economy atmosphere and that a town centre has addressed potential evening safety concerns.
Councillor Peter Morgan stated “The decision to award Beckenham this prestigious prize is very positive news and will dovetail well with the public realm improvements we are planning to make. Beckenham’s purple flag status indicates that the town possesses a thriving, vibrant and just as importantly, a safe nightlife too. This is not just about bars and pubs but also includes the many and varied activities which can be found in the evening in Beckenham, including the impressive range of eateries, the cinema and even the choral activities which take place in the church.”
The news follows approval in principle of plans to improve Beckenham town centre. The £4.7 million scheme to improve the public realm was agreed by the Council’s Executive in December with detailed design work underway. Work on site is estimated to start later this year, with the plans designed to improve the competitiveness of the town.
The Purple Flag award was first launched in 2009 and there are now 42 towns that possess purple flag status nationwide. The award is supported by the Home Office, Association of Chief Police Officers, the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Service, Diageo and many other organisations.
The Flag aims to raise standards and improve the quality of our towns and cities by incorporating all aspects of evening and night time economy management into a comprehensive framework for local partnerships to aspire to. The accreditation is based on a town’s offering of clean and safe environments, great bars and clubs, a variety of arts and cultural attraction and excellent transport links.
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