Headlines: April 7th, 2005

Examples of how local authorities are improving the quality of the areas they serve will be highlighted next week at simultaneous events in London and Exeter. Projects run by six councils will be featured at the events, organised by the Improvement and Development Agency as part of the Year of Liveability Challenges.In total 27 councils – three from each of the nine English regions are taking part in the challenge after being made pilot authorities under the Liveability Fund. The case studies will be available on the Improvement and IDeA Knowledge website, which will spotlight one every fortnight.

The events in Exeter and Camden next Tuesday will launch the programme, which aims to show what councils are doing to improve the quality of life in their areas. The project is driven by the need to improve local authority service delivery, increase investment in new public space developments and to enable councils to share good practice and key lessons with other authorities. IdeA says the aims can only be achieved where local authorities are the driving force.

The Exeter event will feature Gloucester City Council’s multi-agency partnerships led by residents to identify neighbourhood priorities and develop a ‘streetscene’ approach to service delivery and community stewardship. It will also show how the West Cornwall Partnership – Kerrier and Penwith District Councils – are working to bring education to the heart of the management of open spaces and it will turn the spotlight on the work of North Dorset District Council’s regeneration initiative.

In London, Camden Borough’s improved management of the night time economy, including projects on safer travel at night and tackling anti-social behaviour will be shown off alongside improvements in environmental services in the Borough of Ealing, including a car club for residents, businesses and public bodies. The event will also look at enforcement activities in Greenwich to deal with littering, fly tipping, fly posting, graffiti, illegal street trading, abandoned vehicles and illegal parking.

Other ‘liveability’ events will take place across the country during this month.

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