City regeneration schemes

Judith Donovan, chairman of GRIP, pictured at Ripon Cathedral in 2003
Judith Donovan, chairman of GRIP, pictured at Ripon Cathedral in 2003
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Ripon’s regeneration group has announced plans for its third year of operations.

The Greater Ripon Improvement Partnership (GRIP), is to focus on making Ripon city centre a successful tourist destination, will tackle coach parking in the city, and plans to push for better broadband provision in the area, the group’s 2012/2013 business plan has revealed.

Ripon is also in the running for the second round of the “Portas Pilot” scheme, which could see the city take a share of a Government regeneration fund.

GRIP’s 2012/2013 plans also include a review of Ripon market’s and market opportunities, a “where to eat in Ripon” directory, Landlords Forum, evaluation of a small business hub, and charity initiatives.

Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of GRIP, said: “To say we have a budget of £10,000 per annum, and the help of a part time manager one day a week, I never cease to be amazed at how much can be achieved by a group of volunteers who really care and really pull together.”

In 2011/ 2012, GRIP worked on a number of projects including a Ripon retail directory, distributed to 46,000 homes in the area.