North Somerset Council has won a major, industrial award after being shortlisted in the annual Street Design awards 2019 for their exceptional work on the Italian Gardens in Weston-super-Mare.
The Street Design Awards recognise innovation and best practice in street design schemes across the UK and are organised by Local Government News. North Somerset Council was the overall winner of the Street Design category for the Italian Gardens.
The Italian Gardens redesign, undertaken in 2017, was awarded a £2.48million grant by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Local Growth Fund, and was part of the town centre regeneration programme.
Councillor Mike Bell, Deputy Leader at North Somerset Council, said: “This award recognises the hard work put in by a dedicated team to transform the Italian Gardens. I’m delighted this accolade helps raise the profile of Weston town centre as a focal point for events and activities. I look forward to the council completing further improvements to the area as part of our ambitious regeneration programme.”
Prof Steve West, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It’s terrific to see the transformation of Weston-super-Mare’s Italian Gardens receiving national recognition and winning this award. We’re proud to have supported this fantastic enhancement to the town centre; creating an attractive and vibrant open space which should encourage even more people to live, work or pay a visit to Weston-super-Mare and support the local economy.”
Laura Sharman, Editor of Local Government News, said: “I am delighted to present this to North Somerset Council as winner of the Street Design Awards. We decided to re-launch this award following popular demand from councils that want to celebrate best practice. Despite managing massive budget cuts, it’s fantastic to see that councils are still delivering spaces for everyone to enjoy such as successful schemes like this.”
The regeneration of Weston-super-Mare has seen over £75m invested into the town centre over the last ten years, creating a vibrant and diverse town focused around living, learning and lifestyle. The council will continue to deliver improvements to key development sites, positively encourage investment and attract more people to live in the town centre, creating an improved local economy that is also sensitive and supportive of our vibrant heritage.