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Making Cardiff a safer, better 24 hour city

Finding ways to Improve Cardiff's night time economy and securing a prestigious Purple Flag for the city will be discussed by Cardiff Council's Cabinet when it considers a new Public Service Board (PSB) strategy for the city.

The PSB report, which sets out recommendations to improve transport options, prevent crime and disorder and make the city safer and more welcoming for both residents and visitors at night, will be debated by Cabinet on Thursday, November 16.

Recently the Council announced plans to improve live music in the city after acquiring a derelict site in Womanby Street to protect Cardiff's live music quarter.

Following the announcement, a Music Strategy is being created and discussions are taking place with world-leading, music-industry specialists Sound Diplomacy to develop a plan with local artists, businesses and venues to further improve the live music scene in Cardiff.

The PSB Night Time Economy Strategy will dovetail into this work and into the Rough Sleepers Strategy, which is looking to find solutions to aggressive begging, drug litter and preventing those that openly take drugs on our streets.

Councillor Lynda Thorne, Cabinet Member for Community and Housing has set out a commitment to work with all the relevant agencies to tackle these problems and expand the options available for people during the night time in Cardiff.

Councillor Thorne said: "Cardiff is undoubtedly a great city to visit and a key part of its attraction is the night tine economy. Turnover for the city centre currently stands at around  £1.6 billion and £400m of that figure - a third - comes from the night time economy. With 40 million people visiting the city centre every year we want to ensure they have a great experience. We need to focus on creating a safe and welcoming environment for our residents and visitors.

"Looking forward we want to work with our partners to achieve Purple Flag accreditation. This is similar principle to the Green Flag status for parks and beaches and shows that we have reached a standard of excellence.

"The night time economy has improved significantly over recent years but Cardiff cannot be seen purely as a party city. We have to aspire to more than this by offering a varied night-time economy which caters for a broad range of ages, offering a mix as good as other major European capitals. This is what this strategy is all about.

"The night time economy isn't just about the city centre and Cardiff Bay either, the options available during the night time in areas of Canton and City Road are improving. We want to continue to grow the night time economy across the city and I am committed to working with our partners to make this happen."