SEP 00] WARWICK DISTRICT COUNCIL NEWS
Two Councils Bid To Shine Like Beacons
New town centre
management initiatives in Leamington, Kenilworth, Warwick and
and Coventry could turn out to be award winners.
District Council is one of 11 authorities looking for Beacon
Status for its work on its town centres.
It is up
against Coventry, Nottingham, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield
council appointed a town centre manager, with private sector
support, to look after Leamington, and a deputy overseeing
projects in the smaller towns of Warwick and Kenilworth.
as Planning for Real, were introduced to give the public a say
on the future of their towns.
Margaret Begg, said:
given priority to town centre management issues for the last
three years and our efforts are beginning to bear fruit.
through the heats and into the finals. Whatever the final
result is, I think it shows that we are among the best in the
country for town centre management."
And Coventry is
also staking its claim to the title and bidding for the same
status to acknowledge work done in the city.
Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal), said the fact
that Coventry had been short listed for Beacon status was a
tribute to the efforts to improve the city centre. He said:
economy is subject to almost constant change. A job is the
best way out of poverty and creating jobs for local people is
one of the city's highest priorities.
this we are trying to create a city centre that is vibrant and
attractive to both businesses and shoppers alike."
Council scheme was set up by the Government to select councils
as centres of excellence and help spread best practice to all
advisory panel was set up for to provide advice and
recommendations to ministers. In the latest round, there were
123 councils applying for status in 11 key service areas.
Each will be
visited in the coming weeks and the independent report will then
be passed on to ministers who make a final decision on which
authorities will get the coveted Beacon Status with the
announcement next year.
also in the running for a separate award looking at work to make
the town a safer place. Its efforts were judged a few days ago,
with the result expected soon.