EHTF Towns short listed for Academy of Urbanism Awards !

As a recently appointed Academician, Chris Winter, Director of EHTF, was invited to join the Awards panel to short list the 1300 nominations for the five categories for the 2009 Awards. From the short lists of 10 in each category, three were announced at the dinner held in Sheffield on 15 th May. The winners will be announced, after a rigorous judging process by the Academy, at the event in Liverpool on 25 - 27 November.

At the Fonder Congree in Sheffield, the Academy's UniverCities programme which aims to bring together local authorities, Universities and the private sector in towns and cities across the UK to share good practice and to work together towards good 'urbanism'.

As urban centres for many centuries, EHTF member towns can illustrate many of the attributes which policy makers and strategic managers are seeking to emulate in pursuit of the sustainable communities agenda. Twelve places have already committed to become UniverCities with 20 more seriously considering it! Any Members of the Forum interested in finding out more should see the Academy of Urbanism website -

EHTF members short listed were:

NewcastleGateshead -Great City
Chichester D C -Great Town
Brighton & Hove C - North Laines - Great Place
Oxford C C - Oxford Castle - Great Place
Birmingham C C - Jewellery Quarter -Great Neighbourhood
Nottingham C C - Lace Market - Great Neighbourhood
RB Kensington & Chelsea - High St Kensington -Great Street
Craven D C - High St Skipton - Great Street