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Ensuring clean and safe places and spaces

Colchester is one of the safest places in the country for its size but there are things that can be done to make the town centre more attractive for residents and visitors, and to encourage more people to come into town at all times of the day and night.


Improving and maintaining public confidence among users of the town centre is the aim as well as providing an environment in which business and enterprise can flourish without the expense and disruption of criminal activity and anti-social behaviour.     The Better Town Centre supplementary planning guidance gives developers and other interested organisations direction about how the Council is seeking to develop the town centre.

Read on to find out more about what's happening ...



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Purple Flag

Purple Flag is a national accreditation which recognises towns and cities which have great hospitality and entertainment areas at night.  Places which achieve this gold standard offer a positive and well-managed experience to night-time visitors.  The robust application process needs a raft of evidence under 5 themes: wellbeing, movement, appeal, place and policy envelope.  When the independent assessors visited Colchester they remarked on how well all the different care services like the Police, the Council the SOS Bus, CCTV and door staff at venues worked together to manage the town centre after dark.  The process also identified areas of opportunity, particularly around venues attracting a broader age range than clubbers. The town is currently putting its application together for Purple Flag status in 2015.




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