Southport’s night time economy should be a catalyst for economic growth in our town. For that to happen we are putting more resource into ensuring that everyone enjoys the benefit of our town at night. By managing Southport at night more effectively we’ll be able to make it more prosperous, more vibrant, and more exciting. .
We are currently working on an application to the Purple Flag scheme, with the aim of achieving full status in 2018. The accreditation is nationally recognised as denoting a safe and friendly night out. We are working closely with the Southport Pub Watch, Merseyside Police and Sefton Council on the application to ensure everyone is working towards achieving it.
Purple Flag explained….
“Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town & city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy.
A comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples designed to help transform with a research, training and development programme, improving a town and city centres evening offering.
Purple Flag is a positive initiative that indicates an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out”
Those signed up to our ‘Southport Business Against Crime’ network are eligible for our body cameras for security staff. The network is free to join and there is a small fee a month for the cameras to cover insurance and loss, the BID match funds this. The cameras are worn by security staff and have been proven to help lower incidents of disorder, violence and threatening behaviour. All footage is streamed directly to Merseyside Police.
If you are interested in signing up please email Hugh.
The BID has reintroduced taxi marshals to Southport town centre. The scheme will employ taxi marshals in high visibility jackets to provide that extra peace of mind to revelers looking to return home by taxi after midnight out in our town.
Their role will also be to ensure that only legal and registered hackney carriages and private hire vehicles are operating in the town. The marshals will also help maintain an orderly queue for the taxis throughout the night meaning that the queues move faster.
The scheme will be funded by the BID working in close partnership with the Council and the police. They will work alongside Police, Doorstaff and street pastors to ensure Southport feels safe for those visiting in the evening.
We work in close partnership with Southport Pub Watch, offering support and resources too them. We fully back and support their ‘Banned from one, banned from all’ policy and have provided posters to advertise the scheme. We are also creating a seperate DISC network for the scheme to allow bar & club operators to securely share data and images related to those causing problems at night and incidents that occur.