Nights out in Mansfield have been recognised as ‘safe and entertaining’ after assessors gave the Nottinghamshire town centre the prestigious Purple Flag.
Not dissimilar to the Blue Flag status given to environmentally friendly beaches, the award is supported by local government, police and business and hopes to be of significant benefit to the town.
Set up in 2013, representatives from Nottinghamshire Police, Mansfield District Council, Mansfield Partnership Against Crime, Mansfield BID and Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues brought together a team to work specifically towards gaining the award.
Following the town’s newfound status, physical improvements in the town centre have already been made and projects to increase safety and confidence have also been introduced.
Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, Kate Allsop said: “We are delighted with the award, the standards were so high.
“This status is going to make us so much more attractive to outside visitors who know they will have a fun, entertaining and safe night out here.”
Already having generated positive publicity for the town, the award is expected to boost visitors in Mansfield resulting in helping to create more jobs and enhance the town’s reputation.
Chief Inspector, Neil Williams, said: “Nottinghamshire Police work hard, together with our partners, to ensure that people who visit and work in our night time economies are kept safe.
“The purple flag award is a testament to the fact that Mansfield is a pleasant place to visit.”
Celebrations for receiving the award will be taking place next month in the town centre and will be welcome to everyone to join in.