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Building Futures Group win The Living Streets Award

Rose Connolley
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    We are delighted to announce that the Building Futures Group have been given a national award for identifying ways in which Guildford's streets could be improved for safer everyday walking.

    The Living Streets Award is given out annually to schools, businesses and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of walking in the area. Back in November last year, young people from the Building Futures Group took part in a Community Street Audit around Guildford. Twelve members of the group carried out the audit from the Discovery Centre in Ward Street to highlight areas that could be improved for local pedestrians. Examples of the obstacles found by the young people included cracks in pavements, shop signs blocking easy access and wear and tear of cobbles in the High Street. The group focused on the route they walk every week from the Discovery Centre to the halow office. The award was accepted on the groups behalf at the awards ceremony at Winchester Cathedral by Victoria Splashett, the Living Streets Project Coordinator who worked with the group on their Community Street Audit.

    Mel Simmonds, halow's Building Futures Assistant Co-ordinator said: "It was fantastic for our young people to be involved in a project that will make a difference to their local community. They really enjoyed themselves and took to the task with enthusiasm and professionalism, really considering how their route could be improved for the benefit of all. We are delighted to be recognised for our hard work- thank you."

    The award was created by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. Well done Building Futures Group!