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

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.