Bristol’s city centre has won an award for being well managed and a vibrant place to visit. The Association of Town Centre Managers were given a Purple Flag after a night’s inspection by a team of experts who assessed issues such as personal safety, cleanliness, transport, attractiveness and appeal.
John Hirst, operations director for Destination Bristol, said: "Just as the Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach, the Purple Flag indicates a centre that is vibrant and a pleasant place to be.
Judges gave commendation for the development of the waterfront by the Watershed and also noted the city’s commitment to arts and culture and encouragement of local artists to exhibit and showcase their work. The authorities agreed that there had been a noticeable effort made to improve safety, public transport and the city’s night-life was also considered to be more pleasant and less rowdy.
What do you think? Have things really changed in the centre, or is it the same Saturday night violence and brawls on the streets? Or maybe Bristol really does deserve this Purple Flag in recognition of what it’s achieved?
Posted on:: 4 November 2010 | Posted by:: Sarah