Special honour to mark 50 years of Washington new town

Sunderland City Council Deputy Leader Cllr Harry Trueman (right) accepting a special award for Washington New Town from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) President Cath Ranson (left) with RTPI North East Regional Chairman Stephen Litherland (centre) at the Snapshot of your new town photographic exhibition at the Arts Centre Washington.
Sunderland City Council Deputy Leader Cllr Harry Trueman (right) accepting a special award for Washington New Town from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) President Cath Ranson (left) with RTPI North East Regional Chairman Stephen Litherland (centre) at the Snapshot of your new town photographic exhibition at the Arts Centre Washington.
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WASHINGTON New Town has been presented with a commemorative award to mark its 50th year by one of the organisations responsible for its creation.

As part of the centenary celebrations of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), President Cath Ranson met with Sunderland City Council’s deputy leader, Coun Harry Trueman, to present a special certificate in the 50th year of Washington New Town.

“Special certificates have been presented to New Towns across the UK by the RTPI as part of our 100-year anniversary, to acknowledge their contribution to planning and their coming of age,” she said.

“The New Towns were built as part of an ambitious post-war house building plan. Washington is a successful example of the New Town concept, which aimed to achieve sustainable socio-economic growth.”

The presentation was held at the Washington 50 a Snapshot of your New Town, a photographic exhibition currently on show at The Arts Centre Washington.

To mark the town’s anniversary, Washington councillors pledged to give up to a total of £50,000 from the Area Committee’s strategic initiatives budget to help the area mark the historic milestone.

“It has been very important to celebrate this historic milestone, and this event is a very welcome part of a year of a much wider celebration across the new town,” said Coun Trueman.

“It is fitting to note that with regard to town planning, this Snapshot of your New Town, one of our legacy projects, is a photographic exhibition celebrating the good, the beautiful and the unique visual aspects of the townscape.

“This project and others such as the fascinating ceramic creations reflect the sense of community and capture the history and significance of Washington as a town.

“I am proud to say they have created something that will be remembered for many years to come.”

This year, Washington scooped seven awards in Northumbria in Bloom, including the Small City title as well as gold medals and further recognition for communities, organisations and volunteers.

Coun Trueman added: “On the whole this has been a fantastic year for Washington. I’d particularly like to mention the recent winning groups and individuals in the Northumbria in Bloom awards. Their commitment and dedication, along with the many council staff involved in keeping the area an attractive place to visit and live, goes to show the pride many people have in their local community.”