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Campbeltown took the top prize at the prestigious 2020 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration when it was named ‘Scotland’s most improved place’.
Up against two others in its category, Campbeltown Town Centre was announced the winner at a virtual celebratory presentation event streamed live last night.
The triumph came thanks to a combination of community-led regeneration and the multimillion pound Campbeltown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme that have produced a thriving town centre, resulting in Campbeltown becoming an ‘increasingly attractive place to live, work and invest’.
Representatives of the five category-winning initiatives for 2020 were personally congratulated on their inspiring work by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities, Aileen Campbell MSP.
The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF, a regeneration forum with over 300 cross-sector member organisations across Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.
Given the impacts of the pandemic, the awards had a particular focus in 2020 on celebrating organisations and communities who had continued to deliver projects and services throughout a year like no other.
Aileen Campbell MSP said: ‘The SURF Awards are more important than ever. In this exceptionally challenging year, we have seen an unprecedented response from Scotland’s communities. They have supported each other like never before so I am delighted that this year’s awards recognise those who have truly gone above and beyond to support those most in need. The care and compassion shown is inspiring and will support our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as to build fairer and healthier communities across Scotland.’