The legacy of Alderman Graves, and lessons for regeneration

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to give a lecture at Sheffield University’s Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences. The talk focused on people-centred approaches to regeneration, and how they could be encouraged in today’s policy context. The full text of the talk and the accompanying slides are here. I also wrote a […]

Inspiration of the week: Digital Teesdale

Teesdale once had the worst broadband access in the whole of the UK but a project led by the regeneration team at Barnard Castle Vision is aiming to change all that. The Digital Teesdale scheme will provide regular, high-speed internet services to all the area’s towns and villages, including some remote parts where broadband is […]

Inspiration of the week: the ABLE project

Where there’s muck there’s brass goes the saying, but in Wakefield they could add that where there’s muck there’s fish, vegetables, wildlife and a training project for long term unemployed people. The ABLE project is a social enterprise based on 34 acres of Yorkshire Water land at Caldervale sewage works. The former landfill site combines […]

Introducing the Deighton and Brackenhall tapes

Over the last few days we’ve been carrying out a series of in-depth interviews in north Huddersfield, examining the progress made by the Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative. The initiative has been working for a decade to improve what were some of the poorest areas of Kirklees in west Yorkshire. The work has included the demolition […]

Inspiration of the Week: Storying Sheffield

Storying Sheffield is a groundbreaking project which brings university students together with the people of Sheffield to create a living portrait of life in the city. Half the participants in the project are second-year undergraduates studying English Literature at the University of Sheffield. Storying Sheffield is an optional module which they can take as part […]

Inspiration of the Week: Saving Wooler Library

  For a town which boasts Daniel Defoe and Sir Walter Scott among its first visitors, losing the public library would have been an irony indeed. But the residents of Wooler in Northumberland will be able to continue borrowing books – historical or otherwise – thanks to the intervention of the Glendale Gateway Trust. Wooler […]

Inspiration of the Week: Hudswell Community Pub Ltd

The tiny north Yorkshire village of Hudswell had no shop and no Post Office, so when its only pub closed in 2008 because the owners couldn’t afford the mortgage, the community suffered a serious blow. After 18 months without the George and Dragon, a group of locals decided enough was enough. Eighty villagers, along with […]

Rebalancing the economy – why the North still matters

Given the wealth of half-baked think tank reports out there, it’s always a pleasure to read something by someone who knows what they’re talking about. On that basis Michael Ward’s new report for the Smith Institute, Rebalancing the Economy: Prospects for the North is an important milestone. Admittedly I’m not unbiased here. I’ve worked with […]