Leeds retains prestigious Purple Flag status for third successive year
A prestigious award recognising a city’s excellence in managing its evening and night time economy has been awarded to Leeds for a fantastic third year in a row.
In granting Leeds a Purple Flag, the award which is accredited by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM), recognises and celebrates the work which has been undertaken in the city to ensure that visitors can have a fun and enjoyable evening night out between the hours of 5pm-5am. The criteria which is assessed includes; general management; vibrancy; diversity; safety; cleanliness; general and high level of commitment to providing people with a positive visitor experience.
A key element in Leeds retaining its Purple Flag status has once again been the positive and joined up approach displayed by a wide range of partners including Leeds City Council, LeedsBID, Business Against Crime in Leeds (BACIL) and West Yorkshire Police who are involved in the day-to-day management of the city’s evening economy. Initiatives include the introduction by Leeds City Council of a dedicated Street Support Team, the continued good work of evening ambassadors providing help and advice to visitors and close partnership support with groups such as Leeds Street Angels and the Angels of Freedom that work closely with the LGBT+ community.
Rob Wilson, founder & coordinator of the Angels of Freedom said: “We’re proud to have played a part in the city receiving this reaccreditation, and for our ongoing work within the LGBT+ communities of Leeds. Whether someone is needing advice & support, information about LGBT+ services or just a chat you’ll find our volunteers in the Freedom Quarter every Friday evening from 7pm til 11pm. We’ll also be available from 7pm til 10pm every first Friday of the month in the reception area of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, offering LGBT+ group information & providing a pop-up LGBT+ Hate Crime reporting service”
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said:
“We are delighted and extremely proud that Leeds has been awarded Purple Flag status for a third successive year.
“This really is a tremendous achievement and recognition of the positive and excellent work that is being undertaken by so many partners on a daily basis to make sure that the Leeds night time economy is for visitors, attractive, diverse and safe.”
Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of LeedsBID, said:
“This is indeed great news for Leeds, our city centre levy payers and all partners who have worked hard to once again ensure we have retained this important accolade.”
“This award is credit to the partner organisations involved who collaborate to ensure Leeds continues to provide an enjoyable experience for all, from the strength and variety of its offer to maintaining a well-managed experience.”
Leeds City Inspector Andrew Berriman, West Yorkshire Police, said:
“I am delighted that Leeds has been awarded Purple Flag status for the third consecutive year, recognising the city as being a safe and well managed where visitors can enjoy the diverse evening and night time economy. There is a strong partnership here in Leeds with statutory agencies and support from voluntary groups, all of whom are passionate about the city and are working tirelessly to ensure Leeds continues to be a safe, compassionate city.”