Fife town wins regeneration award
Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil today presented an award to mark the achievements of a partnership delivering regeneration in Lochgelly in Fife.Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil today presented an award to mark the achievements of a partnership delivering regeneration in Lochgelly in Fife.
Representatives of Fife Council, Fife HARCA, Ore Valley Housing Association, Lochgelly Regeneration Forum and consultants Dearle and Henderson were in Glasgow to receive the recognition before an audience of 350 delegates at the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland annual conference.
Their work, with active participation of the local community, has resulted in the phased redevelopment of the town centre and will act as a catalyst for further economic regeneration.
The improvements include provision of new mainstream and amenity housing, new sheltered housing, and refurbishment of existing homes, as well as a major community project in the former Lochgelly Miners’ Institute and new base for start-up businesses.
The 2010 Excellence in Regeneration Award, promoted by CIH Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Scottish Centre for Regeneration, was accepted by Andrew Saunders of Ore Valley, David Fisher of Dearle and Henderson, and Lynn Leitch of Fife Council.
Alan Ferguson, Director of CIH Scotland and one of the judging panel, said: "The Lochgelly work involved 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.
"Lochgelly is a deserved winner and has been successful in improving everything from quality and choice of housing through to community facilities and the public realm."