The Purple Flag scheme gives official recognition to town centres which are judged to have a vibrant, safe and well-managed evening economy. Beckenham has had a Purple Flag since 2016 and has now been successful in renewing the accreditation. The team behind the application is a great example of local representatives from a variety of sectors and organisations – Copers Cope Area and West Beckenham Residents’ Associations, licensed traders, the Council, businesses, the Police, etc. – working together. The scheme’s report said that Beckenham was the best example they had seen of positive residents’ engagement and private and public partnership in a Purple Flag assessment. Marsha Berg from the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association and Marie Pender from the West Beckenham Residents’ Association were specifically congratulated for their project leadership and commitment to getting the Purple Flag accreditation renewed.
In the photo, Marie and Marsha are receiving the flag at the PF Awards in Chippenham on 8 November from Sarah Walker (Programme Manager ACTM Purple Flag/ENTE) and Jeremy Rucker (City Dressing).