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New award recognises town community spirit

A new award scheme has been created by the Mayor of Stevenage to find the town’s friendliest street.

The Right Up My Street award gives recognition to the streets in Stevenage that have made a significant contribution to local residents. Nominations can be made from Friday 22 October 2021 and will be open until Friday 21 January 2022.

The competition was originated by the Mayor of Stevenage, Sandra Barr, to identify the Stevenage streets that best exemplify a spirit of cooperation, community spirit and great neighbourhood relations through actions and initiatives that have made a positive difference to people in their local area, either individually or as a group.

Explaining how the award came into being, the Mayor said: "Those of us that live in Stevenage know what a friendly place it can be, with a great community spirit at its heart. I wanted to highlight that, particularly the great way people came together to help others during the worst of the pandemic.

“I hope that these awards reveal the many instances people stepped up to help their friends and neighbours when they most needed it. We want to hear those stories and celebrate that great Stevenage spirit. So let us know why your street is home to the nicest, most supportive community in our town and why it deserves to be recognised as our friendliest street."

Any street, close or block can be nominated by a member of the Stevenage community who believe their street, close or block deserves to be celebrated for its commitment to community togetherness and involvement, friendship and teamwork.

The nominations will be judged by Mayor Barr, the Mayoress and Deputy Mayor Cllr Margaret Notley.

The award will go to the street after consideration of the following points:

  • Achievements or actions of an inspiring nature directly supporting and assisting local residents living on that street.
  • How these achievements or actions have helped residents and the impact this has had.
  • The nominated street needs to evidence how it made a real difference to its residents that live on the street promoting community togetherness and involvement, teamwork and friendship.
  • Telling us why your nominated street is special or important to you.

A first, second and third place will be chosen with a plaque for first place and tea with the Mayor.

Right Up My Street nominations will be open from Friday 22 October 2021 until Friday 21 January 2022. To nominate visit Stevenage's friendliest street and fill in the entry form. A paper copy of the form can also be requested.

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