Judges are in Gloucester this weekend to decide on whether to award the city a national safety award.

The Purple Flag is awarded to cities or towns that show that they have a safe and thriving night-time economy, based on the following criteria:

.   Wellbeing: Successful destinations are all safe and welcoming with all everyone playing their part in delivering high standards of customer care.

.   Movement: Getting home safely after an evening out is really important, as is the ability to move around the centre with ease.

.   Appeal: Successful destinations offer a vibrant choice of leisure and entertainment for a diversity of ages, groups, lifestyles and cultures.

.   Place: Successful areas are alive during the day, as well as in the evening. They contain a blend of overlapping activities that encourage people to mingle and enjoy the place.

The assessment will see two independent Purple Flag judges visit Gloucester on Friday to meet representatives of the city and they will then spend 12 hours overnight in the city over the weekend.

They will meet representatives of the City Council including Deputy Leader, Councillor Jennie Watkins as well as MP Richard Graham and representatives of the Police, Marketing Gloucester and the LVA who have all backed the Purple Flag application.

Following the event the judges will observe various elements of the night time economy including the CCTV Control Room, Taxi marshalling, the Community Toilet Scheme premises. They will also meet with the police, visit licenced premises and get an overview of the city’s cleaning operations.

Gloucester Cathedral will show their support for the Purple Flag application by lighting the tower purple on the night.

The prestigious Purple Flag is already held by Cheltenham and Bristol.

City Council officers, Police, Amey and the Gloucester BID have been working on Gloucester’s application over the past year.

Before starting the process the council and partners carried out assessments of the current situation before making changes and improvements to make sure the city was ready. A decision on the application is expected in May.

If the city is successful in the application, then the council will need to reapply for accreditation in two years time after a visit after 12 months.

Cllr Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council, said: “Partners across Gloucester have worked incredibly hard to make sure that the city is ready for this judging process and we are hopeful that the judges will agree that Gloucester is place a welcoming, clean and safe city and award the status.

“We have huge ambition for the City’s night time economy and achieving the purple flag would show the positive progress being made.”

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