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Lincoln city centre officially recognised with Purple Flag for good night life

By AlexColman  |  Posted: July 04, 2012

Lincoln's Street Pastors helped to obtain the award.

Lincoln's Street Pastors helped to obtain the award.

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Lincoln has officially received its Purple Flag status for city centre nightlife during a ceremony at Bristol University, last night.

Representatives from the City of Lincoln Council and Lincoln Business Improvement Group collected the award that recognises Lincoln alongside 30 other UK towns and cities for having an enjoyable and safe nighttime economy.

Backed by central government, police and business, Purple Flag towns and cities are required to provide a diverse mix of leisure and entertainment facilities, restaurants and bars that accommodate people of all ages.

They must also be welcoming to visitors and offer a safe way for people to travel home at the end of the night.

Councillor Fay Smith, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services and Public Protection at the City of Lincoln Council, said: "A good amount of work has gone into achieving this accolade, with schemes including the Street Pastors, who assist people when they are on nights out, the Evening Safety Wardens, who help to deter anti-social behaviour, and the Codes of Practice, which means every business sticks to certain rules and strives to be the best.

Purple Flag towns and cities benefit from more visitors and lower crime and anti-social behaviour.

Lincoln BIG are planning to incorporate the award within branding for the city as the Purple Flag Advisory Committee suggested the actual flag presented does not fly very well.

The 24-hour CCTV coverage provided by the City Council, high intensity street cleansing in the city centre and a strong relationship between licensing officers at the council, the police and licensed businesses, all combine to make Lincoln a safe and welcoming place to visit.

Philip Kolvin QC, Chairman of the Purple Flag Board said: “Rewarding the success of further towns and cities attaining Purple Flag status is an occasion to celebrate.

"The initiative is actively making a difference to towns and cities up and down the UK, which is hugely important for the communities who live there and for their visitors."

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  July 04 2012, 11:02PM

    Representatives from City Council and BIG collected the award? Is it a really big flag, or was it heavy? Is it not a symbolic award anyway? With you, ThornyRay.

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  • InsideStory  |  July 04 2012, 6:39PM

    If people used evening bus travel I'm sure bus company's would be only be too pleased to provide a service but people dont even use buses enough any other time of day or week. And could it be guaranteed that the drivers of these late buses wouldn't be verbally or physically abused ?

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  • ThornyRay  |  July 04 2012, 4:47PM

    While I am sure this is good news, how much did it cost to send 'Representatives from the City of Lincoln Council'?

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  • Sir_Chasm  |  July 04 2012, 1:02PM

    "'offer a safe way for people to travel home at the end of the night' In Lincoln's case should this not be 'offer no way to travel home at the end of the night' since public transport to most areas ends by about 1900." Newsflash: this isn't 1970's Leningrad. You don't have to use public transport. Taxis are available throughout the night.

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  • bark19  |  July 04 2012, 12:31PM

    'offer a safe way for people to travel home at the end of the night' In Lincoln's case should this not be 'offer no way to travel home at the end of the night' since public transport to most areas ends by about 1900. Still that keeps those of us from the surrounding villages out of the town reducing the potential for trouble and of course reduces the potential for business as well.

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