Mansfield town centre officially a ‘safe place’ to be

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Mansfield’s town centre provides revellers with an entertaining, diverse, and safe night out - and that’s official!

The prestigious Purple Flag award - similar to the Blue Flag for beaches - has been awarded to the town following hard work from Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues (MALV), Mansfield BID, Mansfield District Council, Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) and the police.

The improvements include free wi-fi in the town centre, £50,000 spent on signage improvements, bigger bins, improved town centre lighting street pastors and more recently, the introduction of marshals.

It was awarded following two visits by assessors from the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM).

Speaking on behalf of the Purple Flag steering group, Sarah Nelson, Mansfield Business Improvement District manager, said: “Everyone who has been involved in the work to achieve Purple Flag is absolutely delighted. The hard work has paid off.

“Mansfield has an outdated reputation for being somewhere to avoid in the evening and the Purple Flag award will help prove to everyone that this is definitely not the case.

“There is a wide range of activities to enjoy in a safe and friendly environment and achieving Purple Flag will prove to everyone that this is the case.”

The award has also pleased the area’s top cop, Chief Insp Neil Williams, who added: “Nottinghamshire Police work hard, together with our partners, to ensure that people who visit and work in our night-time economies are kept safe and the award is testament to that.”

Among other improvements, there is now an evening entertainment brochure published and evening buses are being promoted.

There are also evening market events four times a year.

With the support of police, Designated Public Place Orders (DPPO) have been introduced, which gives discretionary officers the powers to order people to leave town centre areas if they are deemed to be drunk or acting disorderly.