Community award chief calls for greater response from UK

LivCom chief calls for more British entries at the 2005 International Awards for Liveable Communities

LivCom chief executive Alan Smith has called for more British entries at the 2005 International Awards for Liveable Communities. Launching the awards, he said: “Communities around the world have used success in the LivCom awards to promote tourism and economic development through encouragement of inward capital investment.” He added: “I am dismayed that UK participation in what is the leading global event concerning the management of the local environment is not rising anywhere near the level of the increase in interest in over 50 other countries. “Being somewhat insular, UK managers are missing the only practical opportunity to observe, become aware of and influence international best practice. “Everyone who has a responsibility for the management of any part of the local environment has a duty to remain aware of best practice, not only to provide the community with a high-quality local environment but also to make the most effective and efficient use of available resources.” The main LivCom Awards are open to whole communities, as is the £10,000 bursary award (HW, 2 December). This year will also see the international launch of the LivCom Awards for environmentally sustainable projects. The project awards are open to public and private developers and are judged in the same way as the community awards. For further details, telephone 0118 946 1680 or visit www.livcomawards.com. The closing date for registrations is 31 May and the finals are in La Coruña, Spain, on 3-7 October 2005.

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