Paisley town centre has successfully retained its Purple Flag status following an application for interim renewal. The town centre first achieved the prestigious award in the beginning of 2017 following an application developed by Paisley First, with partners Renfrewshire Council, Paisley Pubwatch, Police Scotland, Renfrewshire Cabs, Scotrail, Paisley and West Community Council and the Paisley Street Pastors.
The Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5.00pm and 5.00am.
Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The interim renewal of our Purple Flag status is a fantastic boost for Paisley and recognises that the area continues to be a safe, exciting destination for a night out.
“We are working diligently with our partners to ensure that Paisley continues to offer a diverse range of establishments for people to enjoy, as well as ensuring they are able to travel home safely at the end of their night.
The award is seen as the benchmark for good night time destinations – areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents.
More than 60 Paisley First, Business in Development, businesses have signed up to offer special deals to students in the town with the Purple Flag Student Discount Card accepted at all participating outlets which display the Purple Flag sticker.
The Purple Flag programme was developed following the Civic Trust’s “Night Vision” report in 2006 and is now managed by the Association of Town & City Management
Over 65 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland have received Purple Flag status, since 2007. There are only four of Scotland’s towns and cities who have been awarded the coveted flag and Paisley is one of them alongside, Perth, Dunfermline, and Aberdeen.
All Purple Flag accredited areas have all reported an increase of people and a decrease in crime within evening and night time activities. It was developed by the Civic Trust’s “Night Vision” report in 2006 but is now managed by the Association of Town and City Management.
Chairman of Paisley First, Ian Henderson, said: “This is a great achievement for all those involved in promoting Paisley as a great place to live, work, study and visit.
“It’s important now that we continue to work together so that when it’s time for the full renewal later this year, and the assessors visit the town centre again, they can see great things happening in our vibrant town centre.”
“Paisley’s night time economy is thriving and we look forward to the assessors returning later in the year as part of the full renewal process.”
Paisley First aims to help create better business environments a more attractive town centre for residents and visitors and a safe place to live, work, study and visit for and on behalf of 600 companies.
The towns Purple Flag is on display at the town’s County Square.