Headlines: June 18th, 2004

Nominations have opened to find people who are making a significant difference to their communities. The Deputy Prime Minister’s Award for Sustainable Communities is designed to recognise projects and initiatives that contribute to making towns, cities and communities better places in which to live and work. It aims to showcase success and highlight aspects of good practice.Launching this year’s awards, John Mr Prescott said they underlined his Department’s commitment to delivering sustainable communities and to identifying best practice examples that other people could learn from. The criteria this year have been revised to bring them in line with the seven themes identified in the Egan Review.

That means the nominated initiatives should come under the following headings, Social and Cultural – creating vibrant, and inclusive communities; governance – creating effective and inclusive participation, representation and leadership; Environmental – creating places for people to live in an environmentally friendly way; Housing and the Built Environment – creating a good quality built and natural environment; Economy – creating a flourishing and diverse local economy; Transport – linking people to jobs, schools, health and other services; Services – creating a full range of appropriate, accessible public, private, community and voluntary services.

Nominations are being invited for projects of all types and sizes. Anyone, including those directly connected with a project or initiative, may submit an entry. All the nominees have to demonstrate active involvement of the community including business and local people. The successful projects must be in a state where there is a record of success with demonstrable results. The awards ceremony, will take place at the Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit in Manchester early next year.