Waterford’s gold standard Purple Flag accreditation is due for renewal and to that end an overnight Assessment of Waterford will take place on Saturday the 1st April. Two assessors from the Association of Town & City Management will be in Waterford to monitor standards within the Purple Flag zone.
According to Waterford Purple Flag Co-ordinator Nick Donnelly, “It is vital that Waterford retains its Purple Flag accreditation - we are confident that our offering is strong enough to deliver re-accreditation. What is also important is that all staff working in the Purple Flagzone are briefed on the importance of this accreditation and that we get the message across to the Assessors that the Purple Flag zone in Waterford is vibrant, safe and well managed.”
The Group are asking businesses to participatein whatever way possible over that weekend by decorating your windows in purple, use any purple up-lighting if available and ask your staff to dress in purple uniform if possible.
“The importance of everyone playing their part over the weekend cannot be underestimated. We have drafted the itinerary for the Assessors tour of the Purple Flag zone which will commence in the Mayors Parlour at 3.15 pm on the Saturday afternoon. You are welcome to attend the Mayors Parlour, City Hall to show your support of Purple Flag in Waterford”, Mr. Donnelly concluded.
Purple Flag is an international accreditation programme for town and city centres in the early evening and night time economy. It is the “gold standard” for night time destinations. Like Blue Flag for beaches, places that meet the standards can fly the flag. Purple Flag accredited towns and cities have proven that they are welcoming to everyone, offer safe ways for visitors to travel home after dark and provide a good mix of venues. Purple Flag towns and cities benefit from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour and improved perceptions of centres.