Councillor Alexander Stafford, Shadow Cabinet Member for Business and Community, has been asked to support the development of Ealing’s night-time economy. The Ealing BID team has launched a steering group to aid Ealing Broadway and West Ealing’s night-time economy. Councillor Stafford has been asked to sit on it as the Councillor representative. Other representatives on the steering group are from the BID, Ealing Council, police, pubwatch and local businesses.
The group is aiming to get Ealing signed up to two schemes:
- Best Bar None – a National Award Scheme supported by the Home Office and aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises, with the objective of getting at least 10 Ealing premises signed up to this in the first year. The scheme in Ealing will launch at the end of July and at the end of the first year there will be an awards ceremony for businesses who have taken part.
- Purple Flag scheme – an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town and city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy.
Councillor Alexander Stafford comments:
“I have been involved in the night-time economy for some time, including being on patrol with the Ealing Street Pastors, and therefore it is a privilege to be asked to sit on the steering committee. Ealing has a wonderfully vibrant night-time economy with a good mix of bars, restaurants, pubs clubs and other activities. I am committed to boosting it further, making it a more diverse, accessible and inclusive part of people’s night-time plans. If you are a local business and would like to get involved with these schemes – or a resident who has an idea on how to improve our centres – please do get in contact, I’d love to hear your views.”