Brighton Council and City Reuse Depot’s Kings Road Project a EuroCities2017 Circular Economy Award Nominee
Through six thematic forums, a wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events, they offer members a platform for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas. Influencing and working with the EU institutions to respond to common issues that affect the day-to-day lives of Europeans, their objective is to reinforce the important role that local governments should play in a multilevel governance structure. Eurocities aim to shape the opinions of Brussels stakeholders and ultimately shift the focus of EU legislation in a way which allows city governments to tackle strategic challenges at local level.
Every year EUROCITIES recognises the achievements of its members for local activities or practices that improve the quality of life of their citizens. This year is no different, and the awards reflect the theme of EUROCITIES 2017, ‘circular economy’. This year’s shortlist features members Almere, Antwerp, Brighton & Hove, Brussels Capital Region, Gothenburg, Lille, Munich and Tampere in the awards categories of cooperation, innovation and participation.
In the ‘Participation’ category of the awards, Brighton & Hove’s ‘City reuse project’, where a ‘reuse manager’ was contracted to work on a modernisation programme to change the way the council thinks about its offices, assets and approach to work.
As detailed above, the King’s House project involved emptying the largest office block in the city, including 1,000 staff and all the furniture and equipment. The building was then used to benefit residents, organisations and community groups. In total 150 tonnes of material were reused, which is equal to £150,000 of economic value re-entering the local community.
The award ceremony will take place at the EuroCities 2017 event in Ljubljana over the 15th to the 17th of November, so wish our local project luck!