Town team marks first anniversary

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Buxton’s Town Team celebrated its first birthday with a ringing endorsement from one of the UK’s top urban planning experts for its pioneering projects to boost the local economy.

Design consultant and academic Richard Guise, who was the lead judge when members of the Academy of Urbanism visited as part of the Great Town 2014 Awards, said Buxton was the exemplar of how a town team should work after hearing about its achievements over the past 12 months.

These included organising the successful £1,000 town shopping crawl promotion and Spring Fair, and supporting the creation of the Green Man Gallery, Buxton’s first pop-up shop.

The team also helped organise the highly-praised visit by the Academy of Urbanism assessors, commissioned an illustrated map of Buxton and organised volunteer ‘talking signposts’ to guide tourists.

“You’ve got a wonderful message to tell about how to set up a successful town team which other towns would like to hear about,” Mr Guise told members at a meeting to mark the anniversary in the Palace Hotel’s Chatsworth Room.

Chairman Roddie MacLean described the town team as a melting pot for ideas, and thanked everyone who had worked so hard to make its first year such a success.

Many of last year’s successes would be repeated, but new ideas, including a campaign to clean up the town, were already being planned.

The Town Team was set up following the April 2012 bid to win Portas Pilot status for Buxton, and works to improve all aspects of the town’s economic, cultural and social life.

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