The awards recognise people, projects and initiatives that contribute to making towns, cities and communities, including those in rural areas, better places to live and work.

Announcing the awards, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said: “Sustainable communities would not be possible without those people and projects who make invaluable contributions to their local communities day in and day out.”

Entries are invited for projects and initiatives of all types and sizes and nay person, including those directly connected with the project or initiative, may submit an entry which will be considered by a panel of independent judges with a wide level of expertise in regeneration matters.

The whole process is being administered by The British Urban Regeneration Association whose objective is the identification and promotion of best practice in urban regeneration.

Entries must be received by September 5th 2005 and the award ceremony will be held in early 2006. Last year’s overall winner was the Grange Park Community Project in Blackpool.

To apply online visit the BURA website.

By David Hopkins

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