The town is awarded a new Purple Flag – What does this mean?
This summer Weymouth added a Purple Flag to the Green Flag and Blue Flag that the town already has.
The Purple Flag standard, launched in 2012, is an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches. It allows members of the public to quickly identify town & city centres that offer an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.
Reinvigorated over the past three years by the ATCM, there are now 70 Purple Flag towns and cities across the country.
The accreditation process takes towns and cities through a comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples all designed to help transform the Night Time Economy.
Like other ‘Flag’ awards this for 2018 and the town will be reassessed next year to retain the award but the team of stakeholders from across all organisations involved in Weymouth town centre management are determined that the flag is here to stay.
The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators. In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.
The Blue Flag criteria are divided into four categories with a total of 33 individual targets. These main categories are:
- Environmental Education and InformationThis includes information on the Blue Flag award itself along with details on the water quality. A beach map including locations of facilities must also be displayed.
- Water Quality Second on the list is what most people assume the Blue Flag is all about. The most important stipulation is that no industrial, waste-water or sewage-related discharges should affect the beach.
- Environmental Management These criteria include the administrative side of things as well as keeping the beach clean. It also states there must be toilets available to the public.
- Safety and Services At the top of the list here is the beach should be patrolled by lifeguards. Other criteria include availability of drinking water and accessibility features.
The certification process is carried out every year and beaches can lose or gain their Blue Flag status. In the UK the annual results are announced at the beginning of June.
This summer two local parks were awarded the Green Flag, Greeenhill Gardens and Sandsfoot Gardens.
The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Purpose & aims
- To ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of where they live.
- To ensure that these spaces are appropriately managed and meet the needs of the communities that they serve.
- To establish standards of good management.
- To promote and share good practice amongst the green space sector.
- To recognise and reward the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers.
All in all Weymouth is an Award winning place to visit!