Watford’s night-time economy receives award

November 23, 2016 by  

The quality of Watford’s night-time economy has been recognised by a Purple Flag award.

The town initially secured a Purple Flag back in 2012. The retention of the award is due to the state of the local evening economy. Brochures of Watford could mention that its leisure economy is vibrant and safe. A specialist assessment team was involved in the decision making, which led to the recognition given to the town.

Maria Manion has been working as the chief executive of Watford’s Business Improvement District since March 2016. She explained why the Purple Flag has been achieved:

“We work closely with all our colleagues across the town centre, including local businesses, the police and the council, to ensure those who visit the town have both an enjoyable and safe time.”

Manion commented positively on the dedication of all those involved in the delivery of the outcome. In a previous role, she worked for the local authority in the same district.

The Purple Flag initiative has been compared with the Green Flag schemethat applies to parks. The similarity of the Blue Flag policy for beaches has also attracted comment.

Settlements that have secured the Purple Flag have done so by hitting targets. Footfall in these places has improved, while recorded crime has decreased during the evenings. Pubs and restaurants have been visited by the assessment teams.