Crime drop was key to Pur­ple flag


The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

A DROP in crime and a vis­i­ble garda pres­ence on the streets have been high­lighted by the judges who re­cently awarded Tralee Pur­ple Flag sta­tus.

The Pur­ple Flag pro­gramme is a scheme, much like Blue Flags for beaches, that recog­nises towns and cities which of­fer visitors a qual­ity, safe night out.

Last month – fol­low­ing a two year ef­fort to win Pur­ple Flag sta­tus for Tralee – it was an­nounced that the county cap­i­tal had se­cured the des­ig­na­tion.

The key to Tralee’s suc­cess­ful bid was an in­spec­tion visit by two Pur­ple Flag judges last July.

After their visit the judges were said to have been very im­pressed by the town and their re­port – pub­lished on Fri­day – shows that the all-out Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance led ef­fort to im­press them was a suc­cess.

One area high­lighted in the judges’ re­port was the “strong vis­i­ble garda pres­ence” on the streets dur­ing the ad­ju­di­ca­tors visit.

The drop in gen­eral crime and par­tic­u­larly in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour recorded in the last two years was also em­pha­sised by the judges.

A strong taxi pres­ence, the rec­om­men­da­tion to pedes­tri­anise The Mall and “bars buzzing with a happy cus­tomer base” were also among the key find­ings in the as­sess­ment re­port.

The judges said that Tralee is above stan­dard when it comes to of­fer­ing a broad ap­peal to visitors and lo­cals with a vi­brant choice and rich mix of of­fer­ings at night.

The for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion of the Pur­ple Flag will take place at an award cer­e­mony in Nor­wich, Eng­land in Novem­ber.

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