Schemes scoop regeneration awards

The Riccall Regen 2000 project in North Yorkshire was named as one of the winners of the annual Best Practice in Community Regeneration Awards last week.

The community organisation was formed five years ago in Riccall, near York, in an attempt to provide a multi-purpose centre for local activities.

In setting up the scheme, local partners found funding hard to come by because of population growth fuelled by commuters and the village's rural location. But money was raised to set up the community centre, which then had to evolve its facilities due to the closure of a local coal mine.

Another winner is the Dene Valley Community Partnership, which was established to tackle local transport problems in severely disadvantaged former mining areas in County Durham. It now runs a five-vehicle school run service and offers transport for disabled people to training facilities and older people to various outlying villages.

The awards are run by the British Urban Regeneration Association charitable trust and will be presented in January. Other prize winners are the Wirral Farmers Market and the Chrysalis Youth and Community Project in Castleford.

English Partnerships corporate strategy director Trevor Beattie said: "The winners all have the true X-factor and are brimming with ideas and the drive to put them into practice."

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