Tamworth highly commended in national town centre awards

March 11, 2016

TAMWORTH town centre and the ongoing work to regenerate it has received yet more national recognition, after being shortlisted for a top award by the Association of Town and City Management.

Tamworth made it to the final three in ‘Building a Sustainable Town’ category of the Association of Town & City Management Awards, which showcase the achievements of town centre managements, local authorities, community organisations and other partners in working together to help town centres grow and thrive.

The borough was competing against Sligo in the Republic of Ireland and Bloxwich – which was named the winner. Tamworth was highly commended.

Tamworth’s entry was based around the Gateways Project to create better linkages between the town centre, Ventura Park and the railway station, the £6.1m Enterprise Quarter project and the hugely successful I Am Tamworth arts project.

The awards were presented at an event in Westminster. Announcing the winners, Shanaaz Carroll, Interim CEO of the ATCM said: “The ATCM National Awards are instrumental in providing recognition for the valuable programmes and projects that are being delivered by dedicated professionals to improve our high streets and town and city centres. The overall standard of the entries this year was really high and has once again highlighted the quality and variety of projects that are being undertaken.”

Alexander Nicoll, Chairman of ATCM said:

“Partnerships come in many shapes and sizes, but the underlying truth is that communities are stronger when people with ambition, talent and passion for their local area come together to make a difference. This year we have once again seen that town and city management has a huge role to play in the success of our communities.”

Tamworth Borough Council Tourism & Town Centre Officer Stacy Birt receives the highly commended award from ATCM Chairman Alexander Nicoll and ATCM interim CEO Shanaaz Carroll at the ceremony in Westminster.

Tamworth Borough Council Tourism & Town Centre Officer Stacy Birt receives the highly commended award from ATCM Chairman Alexander Nicoll and ATCM interim CEO Shanaaz Carroll at the ceremony in Westminster.

The shortlisting for the ATCM award is just the latest in a series of high-profile awards and recognitions for Tamworth town centre and the Town Team and comes hot on the heels of the town being named runner-up in the Great British High Street competition.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy & Education, said:

“Once again, the amazing work being done to regenerate Tamworth town centre and breathe new life into it has been recognised at a national level and I am incredibly proud to be a part of that.

“It is a tribute to all those people and partners who share the vision and passion for improving Tamworth and building upon all the great things it already has to offer.”