Beckenham is 'Flagtastic' following Purple Flag award

Published Friday, 9 June 2017

A purple flag is now flying over Beckenham, look out for it by Beckenham Junction Station, near the junction with the High Street and Rectory Road.

The Purple Flag is being flown following the news last year that Beckenham has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag award by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) for its night time economy. The Flag indicates a “gold standard” for town centres at night. 

Similar to how a blue flag recognises outstanding beach quality, the purple flag accreditation scheme recognises excellence in the management of town and cities at night. Beckenham’s purple flag status indicates that the town possesses a thriving, vibrant and, most importantly, safe nightlife. 

It took the community led Beckenham Town Centre Team, a partnership of volunteers from the residential, business and services communities, including Beckenham Business Association and Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, alongside Bromley Council, over 12 months to achieve the prestigious Award. 

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation, said: “Beckenham should be rightly proud of what has been achieved here. There is a thriving business community in Beckenham, with the night time economy very much a part of this. 

“The council is investing in Beckenham town to increase the competitive edge of the town, and the partnership work is a vitally important part of that.”

Beckenham’s achievement of Purple Flag status not only recognises its standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy, it also demonstrates the positive impact community led groups such as the Beckenham Town Centre Team can have in their towns.  

The flag was raised into position outside Beckenham Junction station on Friday 19 May. 

Further information about Purple Flags is available from the Association of Town and City Management website.


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