Dunfermline is celebrating after learning it has again achieved the prestigious Purple Flag status for its evening and night-time economy.
Dunfermline is one of just four Scottish winners of the award this year, the others being Aberdeen, Perth and Paisley. Spearheaded by Dunfermline Delivers, the Purple Flag partnership brings together Police Scotland, Fife Council, the Street Pastors, Forth Crossing Security, Pubwatch, the Community Safety Partnership and the Community Engagement Team.
Purple Flag is a town and city centre award, similar to the Blue Flag for beaches, which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 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.
Councillor Helen Law, chair of Dunfermline area committee, said, “The City of Dunfermline Local Community Plan sets how public, private and voluntary organisations will work together with our communities to make Dunfermline a better, cleaner, safer, stronger and more vibrant place to live and visit.
“Retaining our Purple Flag accreditation is a great example of everyone working together for the benefit of those who enjoy a great night out in Dunfermline and the strength of our partnership was evident to the assessors who visited us.”
Lisa Edwards, manager of Dunfermline Delivers, said, “We are absolutely delighted that we have once again been recognised for this accolade, which has been achieved by working alongside such a strong partnership group.”
Since 2007, the programme has awarded the Purple Flag status to over 65 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland. Purple Flag accredited areas have all reported a consistent increase in footfall and a decrease in crime.
The Purple Flag programme is managed by the Association of Town and City Management which works alongside – a partnership of key stakeholder groups backed by Government, police and businesses, as well as the UK sponsors Diageo Great Britain.