Community scheme wins award

A NORFOLK council has scooped a £10,000 prize after winning plaudits in an international competition to encourage communities to tackle social and environmental problems.

A NORFOLK council has scooped a £10,000 prize after winning plaudits in an international competition to encourage communities to tackle social and environmental problems.

An international panel of judges ranked the Broadland district council area as one of the best place to live in the world and singled out the council's Stairway project as an outstanding example of how to improve community life.

Stairway is an innovative project backed by research from the University of East Anglia designed to tackle yob behaviour and petty crime with a series of projects to try and help youngsters deal with behaviour problems, improve the area they live in and encourage them to get involved.

The event held was held in Dongguan, China, on Monday with a delegation from Broadland flying out to collect their prize.