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Deputy prime minister John Prescott set a challenge today when ...
Deputy prime minister John Prescott set a challenge today when

he called for nominations for people who are making a significant

difference to our communities through innovative schemes that go to

creating thriving and successful communities.

The Deputy Prime Minister's Award for Sustainable Communities

recognises projects and initiatives that contribute to making towns,

cities and communities better places in which to live and work. It

will also showcase success and highlight aspects of good practice

that have been recognised throughout the assessment process.

Mr Prescott said that the Award for Sustainable Communities

underlines this department's commitment to delivering sustainable

communities and identifies best practice examples that others can

learn from.

'This year I have revised the criteria to align with the seven themes

identified in the Egan Review, which go towards the creation and

maintenance of sustainable communities.

'The awards will pay tribute to those people whose commitment and

enthusiasm are making a significant difference to our communities

through innovative schemes or towards the building of thriving and

successful communities. I encourage these people who are working so

hard towards delivering sustainable communities to make an

application for this award and I look forward to meeting the nominees

and winners at the 2005 summit.'

Nominations are invited for projects and initiatives of all types and

sizes that are contributing to making towns, cities and rural

communities in England better places in which to live and work. Any

person, including those directly connected with the project or

initiative, may submit an entry.

* All projects and initiatives must demonstrate active involvement of

the community including business and/or residents.

* All projects and initiatives should be advanced to a state where

there is a record of success with demonstrable results, and should

meet some, or all, of the following criteria:

* SOCIAL AND CULTURAL - Creating vibrant, harmonious and inclusive


* 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.

* TRANSPORT AND CONNECTIVITY - Creating good transport services and

communication linking people to jobs, schools, health and other


* ECONOMY - Creating a flourishing and diverse local economy.

* SERVICES - Creating a full range of appropriate, accessible public,

private, community and voluntary services.

An award ceremony, acknowledging the achievements of the finalists,

will be held at the Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit, which

will run from 31 January to 2 February 2005 at the GMEX/MICC and

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Further information on and nomination forms for the award can be

obtained by contacting BURA.


About the ODPM Awards for Sustainable Communities:

1. Nominations for the award will be considered by a panel of

independent judges with a wide level of expertise in regeneration

matters. The whole process will be administered, on behalf of the

ODPM, by BURA, whose objective is the promotion of best practice in

urban regeneration.

2. Details of the 2003 awards can be found here.

About the Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit:

3. The Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit will be the largest

of its kind in the UK. With 2,000 delegates attending from the UK,

Europe and the wider world to take part in this unique forum. It will

set a vision for the future and create opportunities for both

developing and sharing best practice as well as provide a platform to

work with experts from the public, voluntary and private sectors.

4. The summit embraces national, regional and local influences and

offers inspiring keynote presentations, thought provoking plenaries,

workshops and expert master-classes. There will also be site visits,

fringe events, an extensive vibrant exhibition and a Gala dinner,

which will host the Deputy Prime Ministers Awards for Sustainable


5. or further information and enquiries please contact the Summit

team: or log onto to

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