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Purple Flag

What does that mean?

Having Purple Flag status says that Mansfield is safe and well run and that business are working with Mansfield BID, the Council, the Police and other partners to ensure that people visiting town in the evening have a great time.

 

 

How do you get Purple Flag status?

Mansfield has Purple Flag steering group with members from organisations including the police and council. Members work together and with businesses to make improvements, to organise activities and projects and to promote the town.

An application for Purple Flag status was first submitted to the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) in 2014, with evidence provided about the night time economy.

Inspectors from ATCM spent a night in Mansfield, checking for themselves what a night out in town has to offer.

The steering group has to renew its application every two years. The next one will go in during June 2016.

 

What has been achieved?

Some of the positive results of working to keep Purple Flag status include:

Nights of Action being run to raise awareness about staying safe;

A Doorwatch group being set up, to provide door supervisors with training equipment and a chance to share information with police and CCTV;

A co-ordinated programme of fun events.

 

Keep up to date with Purple Flag news here!

 

POSTIVE PURPLE FLAG FEEDBACK - 21st September 2016

Mansfield’s pubs, events, bus station, dedicated policing, CCTV system, street signs and partnership working have all been praised in a report compiled by independent assessors from the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM).

 

The positive feedback follows an inspection visit to the town in August. News that Mansfield has retained prestigious Purple Flag status was received earlier this month, but detailed information from the assessors and panel has only just been received.

 

Aspects of the town considered included safety, the broad range of things to do and places to go in the evening, cleanliness, access and appeal.

 

Commenting on safety, the assessors reported: “A strong presence of policing within the town centre, police are briefed before duties and there is a dedicated team who patrol the town centre.  CCTV control room is very comprehensive and had recently received an upgrade to state of the art equipment.”

 

During their time in town they met people connected in various ways to the night time economy, including pub and club owner Paul Anderton who acts as a non-biased Chairman to Mansfield Doorwatch.

 

They were clearly impressed by both him and the way in which organisations and businesses work together. They said: “Very strong evidence of partnership working is present.  Almost all licensed premises actively take part in a doorwatch scheme and the chairman is obviously passionate about improving perceptions and attracting all ages to the town centre.”

 

Partnership working was also highlighted in the conclusion of the report: “Their partnership working is exceptional and the effort and work they continuously contribute in publicising Purple Flag throughout the town and beyond is a credit.” 

 

Purple Flag is an accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night. It can be seen as the equivalent of the Blue Flag awarded to good beaches.

 

 

Led by Mansfield Business Improvement District (BID), a team involving representatives from Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues (MALV), Mansfield Community Partnership, Mansfield District Council and the police has worked towards the award.

 

Mansfield first achieved Purple Flag status in 2014 and since then has seen footfall increase, new bars open and the arrival of national names including Bella Italia and Nando’s.

 

Speaking on behalf of the Purple Flag steering group, Sarah Nelson, BID Manager, says: “It is great to see that our work to improve Mansfield and to update people’s perceptions of the town were recognised by the inspectors.

 

“For growth to continue in Mansfield the message that it is a great place to be, for businesses and visitors, is a vital one to get out. Purple Flag is very important in helping to achieve that.

 

“Everyone who has been involved in the work to achieve Purple Flag status is absolutely delighted. We have every intention of continuing to build on that.”

 

Councillor Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said: “Purple Flag is a great example of partnership working to make our town safe, friendly and welcoming. To have accreditation yet again is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved including council officers, BID, the police and our quality licenced venues. I’d like to say a personal thank you to everyone involved, it means so much to us all.”

 

The Purple Flag steering group will meet in the near future to discuss a celebration of the achievement for the town.

 

 

 

PURPLE FLAG STILL FLYING - 13th September 2016

Mansfield is still a great place to enjoy a fun and safe evening out – it’s official!

 

Following a visit by two independent assessors from the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) and presentation of evidence to demonstrate what the town has to offer and how it is run, confirmation that the town has retained prestigious Purple Flag status has been received.

 

Purple Flag is an accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night. It can be seen as the equivalent of the Blue Flag awarded to good beaches.

 

The inspectors spent a night in town on August 6, visiting bars and restaurants, speaking to members of groups including the street pastors and to managers of licensed premises and restaurants. They also listened to presentations by organisations that play a part in the night time experience and made visits to the police station and CCTV control room.

 

Led by Mansfield BID, a team involving representatives from Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues (MALV), Mansfield Community Partnership, Mansfield District Council and the police has worked towards the award.

 

Licensed venues, attractions such as the Palace Theatre and Old Library, and Vision West Nottinghamshire College have also played their part in the work, helping with promotion of Purple Flag events and joining in partnership actions to help keep everyone safe.

 

A full report from the inspectors will come through in the next few weeks and members of Mansfield’s Purple Flag group will travel London in November where ATCM will hand over the Purple Flag award.

 

Mansfield first achieved Purple Flag status in 2014 and since then has seen footfall increase, new bars open and the arrival of national names including Bella Italia and Nando’s.

 

Retaining Purple Flag status will continue to benefit Mansfield; the positive publicity and increased visitors that result will help create jobs and an increased vibrancy about town.

 

Speaking on behalf of the Purple Flag steering group, Sarah Nelson, Mansfield Business Improvement District Manager, says: “Everyone who has been involved in the work to achieve Purple Flag is absolutely delighted. The hard work has paid off.

 

“Over the past two years Mansfield has taken huge steps forwards in shaking off its outdated reputation for being somewhere to avoid in the evening. Purple Flag has helped with this and will continue to do so.”

 

The Purple Flag steering group will meet in the near future to discuss a celebration of the achievement for the town.

 

Shanaaz Carroll, CEO of the ATCM, said: "There are now almost 70 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who are proudly flying the Purple Flag after working hard to gain accreditation.

 

“The award is not just about safety, but also the vibrancy and diversity of the evening and night-time offer — this can only be achieved by people working together and across the country we are seeing some amazing examples of this type of partnership working.”

 

 

 

25th August 2016

A colourful initiative that helped celebrate Mansfield’s Purple Flag accreditation could itself win a prestigious national award.

 

In 2014, Mansfield was awarded Purple Flag status, a national endorsement of its work to create a vibrant, and safe, nighttime and evening economy.

 

The partners involved in getting the status included Mansfield BID, the district and county councils, Nottinghamshire Police, Healthy High Street businesses, the Mansfield Alcohol Licensed Venues group, and volunteers.

 

To celebrate, the partners worked on the Painting Mansfield Purple evening, which was a day of events in April 2015 to spread the word about Purple Flag.

 

That event, which was the result of successful partnership working, has now been put forward as one of the first entries into the Great British High Street awards, supported by the Association of Town and City Management and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

 

Sarah Nelson, BID manager, said: “Achieving Purple Flag status is a major thing for towns and cities across the UK so it was especially pleasing that Mansfield was able to get the accolade.

 

“Painting Mansfield Purple was the culmination of a number of events and initiatives that helped to show all partners, businesses and members of the pubic just what a great town we have and why Purple Flag is important.

 

“All of the people involved were able to use their networks and connections to great effect, ensuring that the momentum was kept up, particularly as we have to demonstrate a commitment to Purple Flag standards in order to retain it.”

 

Information about Purple Flag was spread using social media networks, press releases, advertising, business information packs, and meetings with stakeholders.

 

The Purple Flag celebration event included heritage trails being developed, shop and business windows being dressed in purple, fashion and beauty shows, a Purple Flash mob dance, and a party.

 

It also included a Lightbox exhibition first displayed in Portugal that made its UK debut in Mansfield town centre.

 

The Great British High Street awards celebrate the work that goes on to help revitalise the UK’s towns and cities.

 

The awards will be looking for the nation’s best high streets and asking the public to help by voting for their winners. Categories in the place section include village, small market town, large market town, town centre, coastal community, city location, London and rising star.

 

There is also a section for individuals, with categories including store manager/employee, market champion, small business/indie manager.employee and Under 25.

 

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said: “Last year’s Great British High Street competition was a massive success with a record number of entries and winning high streets seeing a surge in shoppers.

 

“Our local high streets remain the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country and I’d encourage as many as possible to enter this year’s competition which is set to be even bigger and better.”

 

Mansfield was a finalist in 2014, losing out to nearby rival Belper, in Derbyshire.

 

 

 

9th August 2016

A police briefing, the leisure park, the CCTV control room and several town centre premises were among Mansfield locations visited by Purple Flag assessors on Saturday (August 6) night.

The inspectors, one of whom came from Bromley in Kent and the other from North West Leicestershire, were working on behalf of the Association of Town Centre Management.

 

Their observations and report on evidence provided by the Purple Flag steering group will be considered with a lengthy application form submitted in June to determine if Mansfield retains its Purple Flag (PF) status.

 

Saturday night’s inspection saw the assessors meet and chat with those who work in the night time economy including street pastors and members of Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues (MALV) and walk around town from late afternoon until the early hours of Sunday morning.

They were greeted at the Mansfield BID office in Clumber Street by PF steering group members. They were welcomed by MDC Cllr David Smith and heard introductions to the town from BID Manager Sarah Nelson, town centre police Sgt Neil Priestley and Regeneration officer Matt Wright.

Other people with whom the assessors chatted included bar, restaurant and club owner Jonathan Edwards, MDC Licensing Manager Sam Yates, MDC Town Centre & Street Cleansing Manager Julie Snowdon and Community Safety Manager Lesley Reece.

 

Sarah Nelson said: “The assessment went well. One comment from the lead assessor was that the evidence presented and turn out of partnership was the most comprehensive she had seen.”

 

The Purple Flag scheme judges towns and cities on factors including attractiveness and appeal, cleanliness, safety and the strength of joined-up working to raise standards. Mansfield was first awarded its Purple Flag in 2014 and after a successful light touch assessment last year, a new full application had to be made again this year.

 

A decision on the application will be made early in September.

 

 

 

 

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