Ipswich town centre has officially been awarded Purple Flag status by the Association of Town Centre Management.
Along with Sheffield, Watford, Southend, Lincoln and Aberystwyth, Ipswich has been formally recognised as being one of the 31 towns and cities that have met the high standards required to be recognised as a Purple Flag holder.
Backed by Ipswich Borough Council, Ipswich Central, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council, Best Bar None, and Barwatch, the Ipswich submission had to prove that the town is welcoming to all visitors and provide a diverse mix of leisure and entertainment facilities, restaurants and bars which accommodate people of all ages. It also had to demonstrate that safe ways for visitors to travel home after a night out are offered.
With statistics such as the fact that crime has been reduced by 12% in the last five years, along with the additional street cleaning implemented by Ipswich Central to complement the work done by Ipswich Borough Council, and numerous cultural projects that take place throughout the year – coupled with future plans such as ‘Ipswich – Transport Fit for the 21st Century’ the submission demonstrated that Ipswich is a welcoming and inviting town.
Purple Flag recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night, and is an indicator of where to go for a good night out. Applicants must show they are committed to the wellbeing of patrons, safe movement through the centre of town, offer a vibrant choice of leisure and entertainment for a diversity of ages and lifestyles, and have a strong city character, identity and imagination in urban design
Lorraine Arthur, Community Safety Officer at Ipswich Borough Council, said: “Schemes such as Town Pastors, Street Rangers, Best Bar None and events such as Maritime and Ip-art have all played a crucial role in our success. The Purple Flag accreditation demonstrates that Ipswich is an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out and we’re delighted that the Purple Flag will be flying over the Town Hall from now on.”
To celebrate the Ipswich Purple Flag status, there will be an Ipswich Purple Flag week – running from Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th September. This is designed to highlight the town’s retained purple flag status, which means Ipswich is deemed to be a safe, clean and varied place to visit at night.