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Transforming places in Wales: A lesson from the UK

December 17th 2020

The Bevan Foundation looks at five places that have transformed their fortunes to see what lessons can be learned in Wales

Hebden bridge

In a new publication, the Bevan Foundation takes inspiration from the work of Carnegie Trust and Transition Network to look at five places in the United Kingdom – Hebden Bridge, Cardigan/Aberteifi, West Kilbride, Irlam and Frome –  that have transformed their fortunes and looks at whether lessons can be used for communities in Wales to do the same.

Lloyd Jones, author of the paper, commented “ What these examples show is the importance of people to drive change in their communities. Especially apparent is the benefit of collaboration, of working together to respond to challenges”

Towns are a key part of life in Wales, but it is no secret that they have hit on hard times, especially in the south Wales valleys. The towns outlined in the paper offer insights into practical actions, sometimes over the space of thirty or more years. The paper also outlines how the benefits of transformations need to be shared widely to all sections of the community because all residents have a stake in where they live.

The publication was produced as part of the Bevan Foundation’s Three Towns project which explored practical ways to make the most of the foundational economy in three valleys communities.

You can read the publication here

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