Memorandum by Bishop of Liverpool (GRI
For nearly three years I have been involved
with the regeneration of Liverpool as Chair of the New Deal for
Communities in Kensington. I am very pleased to know that the
Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the House of Commons Select Committee
on ODPM is taking evidence about community regeneration and would
be very happy to be called to meet the members if you felt this
to be worthwhile. From my own experience I would list eight key
questions that need to be addressed in urban regeneration and
would be very glad to speak to them.
1. How can the benefit system be used as
an incentive rather than as a hurdle to community involvement?
2. How do we support community members involved
in regeneration? On the one hand they can feel patronised as tokens
by the agencies and Government, on the other they can be made
to feel that they have sold out by their own communities.
3. How do we ensure genuine community-led
regeneration so that the ideas of the community shape the community?
Too may of the delivery plans read the same which suggests that
they are much more centrally driven than community led.
4. How do we reconcile the need of Government
to set targets and timetables for spending and the need to take
time in engaging and securing the support of the local community?
5. How do you bind into the partnership
agency representatives of a level senior enough to make decisions?
6. What is the best way to enfranchise the
whole community in the regeneration process?
7. What concrete examples have helped to
make the community feel that progress is really happening?
8. SRB was business-led with some community
awareness. NDC is community-led with some business awareness.
How do we develop a programme with equal emphasis on community
and business so as to make our neighbourhoods better places to
live and work?
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.