NEWBURY has been recognised as a safe, vibrant night time destination after the town retained its Purple Flag status.
The award aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres in the UK between 5pm and 5am.
Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents.
Shanaaz Carroll, CEO of the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) who manage the Purple Flag project, said: “There are now almost 70 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who are proudly flying the Purple Flag after working hard to gain accreditation.
“The award is not just about safety, but also the vibrancy and diversity of the evening and night-time offer — this can only be achieved by people working together and across the country we are seeing some amazing examples of this type of partnership working.”
Managing Director of Newbury BID, Russell Downing, said: “This is a fantastic accolade for Newbury, demonstrating the progress we have made over the last four years both in the offering that Newbury now boasts, and the vibrant mixed use of Newbury in the evening.”
The news comes less than six months after the town’s CCTV cameras were switched off as a result of the massive cuts to public services made by West Berkshire Council in March.
Newbury BID has since been working to transfer the running of the cameras to the Kennet Centre after succesfully securing funding in June.
Mr Downing said: “It was a concern that we didn’t have the CCTV but when we explained to the judges what we were doing as a group of local businesses in terms of getting the cameras back on they saw that as a huge plus.”
However, Mr Downing added the BID was still working to reinstate the cameras in the town centre but admitted there was no timeframe as to when the CCTV cameras will be turned back on.