Part of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG)’s work to support Coastal Communities will see support to over 100 new local teams that will help revive England’s seaside towns. Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois said “Coastal Community Teams will help decide where that investment goes because local people know best what is needed to grow their local economy.” Applications need to be submitted by 14 September 2015.
The Ramblers charity has launched what it calls the “biggest-ever footpath survey” to examine the state of the path network in England and Wales, and they want you to take part. You can download the handy app to tell them what you find when you’re out walking, and they will try and fix any problems.
Joe Micheli, Stronger Barnsley Locality Manager, recently spent a week in Philadelphia, as part of the UK Cities of Service programme. In a blog on the Nesta web site Joe reflects on some of the inspiring people they met and projects they visited and what they learned. Read more here. [Source: Nesta Blog, 23 June 2015]
Comedian Patrick Marber has written a play inspired by his position as director of a non-league football club that has debuted in the West End. Nationally Patrick Marber is known for helping create Alan Partridge in On the Hour and The Day Today. But locally he is also known as one of Rooks125 – a group of six supporters who worked hard to take the ailing Lewes Football Club into community ownership. Read more here. [Source: Eastbourne Herald, 1 July 2015]
Back in January John Houghton used the launch of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth’s report into estate renewal to consider what can be done to understand why so many estate renewal programmes fail to deliver benefits beyond the built environment. It is worth highlighting again. Alongside being better at listening to and involving communities, as well as public sector bodies being better at collaborating, he also concludes that we need to build a much stronger evaluation and learning culture around estate renewal. Read more here. [Source: New Start Mag, 29 January 2015]