Wigan town centre retains its Purple Flag status

Wigan town centre retains its Purple Flag status

Wigan town centre has once again been recognised for being a safe place to enjoy an evening out, as Wigan Council receives the news that it has retained its Purple Flag status.

Overseen by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM), Purple Flag is an international accreditation programme which acknowledges centres that are helping to create safe and thriving locations at night for all visitors.

The accreditation process requires places to meet a set of rigorous standards, as well as identifying further opportunities to enhance the evening and night-time offer.

Councillor Yvonne Klieve, lead member for district centres and nighttime economy at Wigan Council, said:

"I am absolutely thrilled that we have achieved Purple Flag status for another year. It reflects the hard work put in place by the council, its partners, and local businesses to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe and welcoming evening.

“Our nighttime economy continues to thrive locally and all the businesses and services that operate within it play a central role in successfully retaining this position, we will work together to continuously improve and maintain this status”.

The accreditation recognises the Place and Community Safety partnership's continuous and extensive work to make the town centre safer for all visitors, including through campaigns like Get Home Safe which focuses on safe taxi rides and Call It Out which shines a light on inappropriate behaviour and catcalling.

Further training initiatives and safety measures are in place across the borough through the safety and taxi marshal schemes which offer partygoers vital advice and support during a night out if and when it’s needed.

Read more about Safety of Women at Night.

To read more about ATCM Purple Flag, visit Purple Flag (external link).

Posted on Monday 11th September 2023

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