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Exellence in regeneration award winner announced

04/02/2010


A partnership delivering regeneration in Lochgelly, Fife is the successful winner of the 2010 Excellence in Regeneration Award promoted by both the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland and Scottish Centre for Regeneration.


A partnership delivering regeneration in Lochgelly, Fife is the successful winner of the 2010 Excellence in Regeneration Award promoted by both the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland and Scottish Centre for Regeneration.

The partnership between Fife Council, Fife HARCA, Ore Valley Housing Association , Lochgelly Regeneration Forum and Dearle and Henderson Consultants have been working on the phased regeneration of Lochgelly with the active participation of the local community.

This has resulted in the redevelopment of the Town Centre which will act as a catalyst in the further economic regeneration in the town. At the same time it will assist residents of Lochgelly overcome the economic stagnation which has blighted the community.

The regeneration of Lochgelly includes the provision of new mainstream and amenity housing, new sheltered housing and the refurbishment of existing stock. The regeneration also includes a major community project housed in the former Lochgelly Miner’s Institute as well as a new Business Centre for start-up businesses.

The Award will be presented by Alex Neil MSP, Minister for Housing and Communities at the CIH Scotland Annual Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow in March.

Councillor Brian Goodall, Chair of Fife Council’s Housing and Communities Committee said:

"This is fantastic news for the community and a well deserved award. The partnership approach over the past 10 years has resulted in significant improvements for Lochgelly. Fife Council kick started this process with a regeneration competition and I am delighted to see the results being recognised through this award".

Andrew Saunders Director of Ore Valley Housing Association and its subsidiary Fife HARCA, commented:

"In all of our work in Lochgelly we have tried to address the issues which are important to local people.

It has been a pleasure working with the dedicated community in Lochgelly and we look forward to working with local people in the years to come on the continuing and emerging challenges facing the town."

Alan Campbell, Director of Dearle & Henderson, said:

"We are delighted with this recognition of the partnership working which has been dedicated to Lochgelly’s regeneration over the past 10 years, by the local community and so many different people and organisations – but there is still much work to be done.

2010 will be an exciting time for Lochgelly with the completion of the new Lochgelly Business Centre, and the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative’s Charrette amongst other projects.

We look forward to seeing the town of Lochgelly restored to the vibrant active community it once was."

Alan Ferguson, Director of CIH Scotland and part of the judging panel said:

"This project demonstrated a series of well connected projects dealing with housing, employment, business and community concerns. There is evidence of mature partnership working with strong community input and leadership across all activities.

Lochgelly is a well deserved winner and has been successful in improving quality and choice of housing through to community facilities to the public realm."


 


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