Continuing to protect Derby’s Purple Flag status is a key pledge of the Council’s, and Derby has again been awarded the much coveted Purple Flag for its city centre night-time economy for a fourth consecutive year. Derby is one of more than 65 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland to have been recognised for outstanding services on offer contributing to a diverse and vibrant night-time economy.

The Assessors praised the city’s taxi marshalls and streets pastors for their proactive and friendly approach as well as the number of partnership staff helping to produce an overall safe and friendly ambience to our night time economy.  Lighting levels, standards of footpaths and signage were all good, as were our car parks and pedestrian areas.

Safer student accommodation, the participation of the University of Derby and INTU were also praised by the Assessors – bringing varied entertainment with broad appeal to all age groups.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Communities and City Centre Regeneration says of the Award,

“Derby is a vibrant and culturally diverse city that attracts many visitors to its city centre.  We are proud to have received this internationally recognised accreditation for the fourth time in a row, and I am particularly pleased to see that our work with partners has been recognised, especially the refurbishment of the Old Bell in the Cathedral Quarter.”

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods & Public Protection added,

“We are all very proud of the city.  I am very pleased to see that our close working relationship with partners has been singled out for recognition, as our collaboration across the night time economy enables us to keep Derby safe, but also friendly, one of the city’s very best characteristics.”

Representatives from Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts were part of the city team who made the bid for renewed Purple Flag status.

Martin Langsdale, Chair of Cathedral Quarter BID Board and Management Group says of the award,

“The BID is delighted that Derby is recognised as being worthy of the Purple Flag award and view this as a testament to the great work undertaken by the BID and the businesses and organisations in the area in association with a number of key partners. Those visiting the Cathedral Quarter can be assured of a warm welcome and an enjoyable experience in a safe environment, whatever the time of day or night. For those wishing to extend their stay, there are three large hotels in the area together with another two nearby in neighbouring St Peters Quarter, ensuring that visitors from further afield can also enjoy the full experience of a night out in the city.’

Helen Wathall, Chair of St Peters Quarter BID, says,

“A key objective of the St Peters Quarter BID Business Plan is to provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy and it works closely with the Police, local authority and other partner agencies to ensure that this is the case. St Peters Quarter BID has played an active role in helping the city retain its Purple Flag status and will continue to do so moving forward, ensuring that visitors to the city have a pleasant and memorable experience.”

Further information about the Purple Flag programme cabe found on the ATCM website.