Creating a better evidence base and seeking out ‘unusual friends’ are two ways to transform tired towns, according to new research from Carnegie Trust. In 2016 the Carnegie Trust commissioned international research to uncover innovative examples of towns from around the world that have experienced difficult times but have made significant transformations, greatly improving the wellbeing of their citizens. The resulting ‘Turnaround Towns’ report drew out key lessons from eight case studies from across the US, Australia and New Zealand, and Europe. Over summer 2017, Carnegie Trust took its Turnaround Towns research to two Welsh towns – Merthyr Tydfil and Llandudno Junction – in partnership with WCVA. Over two roundtable events, it tested the resonance of the themes that emerged from the research, and discussed the key challenges and opportunities for Welsh towns with stakeholders from Welsh and local government, and the voluntary and business sectors. It is an opportune … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff
Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine