Aberdeen city centre wins award for fifth year in row

Aberdeen city centre has once again secured Purple Flag accreditation in recognition of its commitment to promoting a safe and secure night time economy.

Its partnership working was hailed as a model for the rest of the country after it secured the prestigious award for a fifth year in a row.

In 2014 Aberdeen was the first Scottish city  to receive the Purple Flag, which is managed by the Association of Town and City Management and considers the wellbeing, movement, appeal and sense of place within a city centre.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “A huge amount of effort has gone in by the team here at Aberdeen Inspired, as well as Police Scotland, Unight, Aberdeen City Council and a host of other partners to ensure that we continue to provide the safest possible environment for the public to enjoy our city centre evening economy.

“It is satisfying indeed to receive detailed feedback from the assessors who have said that Aberdeen City Centre’s partnership work is also an exemplar in UK terms. They said it was some of the best practice they have seen to date.”

Chief Inspector Martin Mackay of Police Scotland said: “This award is the fruition of years of investment in time, effort and passion by groups and individuals who are all determined to ensure that Aberdeen is one of Europe’s safest city centres.”

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing also hailed the importance of “strong partnership working” and added: “Through our City Centre Masterplan Aberdeen City Council is committed to making Aberdeen an even more vibrant place to live, work and visit.”

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