The inspectors called! Mansfield locations were visited by Purple Flag assessors

May 1, 2014 3:26 pm
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Mansfield locations including the CCTV control room, White Lion Yard, the new £9m bus station/transport hub and Titchfield Park where a bowling match was in progress were among those visited on Saturday 12 April by Purple Flag assessors.

Purple Flag is an accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town centres at night and an application for it was submitted by Mansfield in January.

Having had the initial application approved by the Association of Town Centre Managers, the steering group which includes Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues (MALV), Mansfield BID, Mansfield District Council (MDC), Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) and the police was advised independent inspectors would visit in April.

Saturday (April 12) – the busiest night of the year in town so far – was when the inspection took place, with the assessors walking around, dropping into venues and chatting with those who work in the night time economy from early on Saturday evening until the early hours of Sunday morning.

They were greeted at the Town Hall by representatives from the organisations involved and watched presentations by BID Manager Sarah Nelson, MDC Urban Regeneration Coordinator Mark Fiander and MDC Planning Policy Manager Robert Routledge.

Other people with whom the assessors chatted included bar, restaurant and club owners Jonathan Edwards and Paul Anderton, BID Ambassadors, British Transport Police, MDC Licensing Manager Sam Yates, MDC Waste & Cleansing Manager Julie Snowdon, Police Inspector Neil Williams and Street Pastors.

Inspector Williams said: “They were very impressed with our approach to licensing, especially the front-line licensing group, our links with the MALV and the Last Orders scheme.  They liked the approach to policing the night time economy with early interventions followed by the policing operation.”

Purple Flag judges towns and cities on factors including attractiveness and appeal, cleanliness, safety and the strength of joined-up working to raise standards.  A decision on the application will be made by early June.

Sarah Nelson said the assessors appeared to be very impressed by the strength of partnership working in Mansfield, commenting that they had never been on an assessment before where cleansing, regeneration and planning officers were involved.

“We felt it went well; everyone has worked very hard to show what a great place Mansfield is for a night out and to banish the outdated reputation that it has as a place to avoid in the evening. We just have to await the decision now.”

Find out more about the Purple Flag scheme or view our other news stories on Purple Flag.

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