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ENVIRONMENT SCHEME IGNORES LOCAL PEOPLE

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Local Agenda 21 initiatives to improve the environment have achieved some success, but too often they ignore the vi...
Local Agenda 21 initiatives to improve the environment have achieved some success, but too often they ignore the views of local people, a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests.

The study calls for government guidance on how to achieve joined-up

economic, social and environmental regeneration in the most deprived neighbourhoods.

It uncovered some cynicism among residents on estates involved in the regeneration schemes, with one saying: 'The feeling on the ground from local people was there were all these agencies we normally never see and suddenly they're all sniffing about because there's money.'

Although there was little recognition of the Local Agenda 21 label, the researchers found good work had been achieved where action was linked with regeneration. Such projects resulted in services that people actually wanted.

Dr Karen Lucas, the research director, said: 'Regeneration programmes will not deliver what the government wants unless they tackle poor quality local environments as well as social issues.'

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