New anti-crime initiatives and a good cultural offering helped Aylesbury retain its status as a great place after dark – despite question marks over toilet provision.
Run by the Association of Town Centre Management, the purple flag award is an official thumbs-up for Aylesbury as a welcoming and well-managed place to visit in the evening.
It is the second year in a row the town has secured the award.
Judges were impressed by crime and security initiatives which launched in the last year.
This includes Operation Angelic where police officers patrol under-18 parties at nightclubs and confiscate alcohol from drunken youngsters before contacting their parents.
They also praised improved lighting eradicating ‘dark spots’, a wider programme of events at the Waterside Theatre, the London 2012 celebrations, plans to revamp Sainsbury’s and the derelict Odeon in Cambridge Street and the arrival of ‘new food clusters’ in Temple Street, Buckingham Street and Kingsbury.
However, judges did question the lack of toilet provision and demanded that Aylesbury Vale District Council provide answers when they visit next year. They also want to see concrete data on how well the night time economy is performing.
Pam Pearce, cabinet member for community matters, said: “We don’t intend to stop here but to keep on improving year after year. We are committed to ensuring Aylesbury town centre remains a safe and enjoyable place to have a night out.”
Police inspector Kelly Glister added: “The purple flag award is testament to the fact that Aylesbury is a pleasant place to visit.”