‘Ghost streets’ handed £35.5m regeneration fund
Thirteen of the most run down areas of England have been chosen to receive £35.5 million of regeneration funding.
Housing minister Grant Shapps said the new fund will help tackle the ‘ghost streets’ across the midlands and the north of England left after the £2.25 billion housing market renewal programme was scrapped in October 2010.
Mr Shapps announced that thirteen projects in the worst hit areas – Merseyside, East Lancashire, North Staffordshire, Hull and Teesside – will receive a cash injection to help local communities (see below for details).
These areas originally bid for a share of £30 million that they would then match fund, but the minister said an extra £5.5 million had been added to ensure that every street or block with more than half its properties lying vacant would feel the benefit.
Mr Shapps said: ‘The families in these half-empty ghost streets should not be left desperately hoping for someone to reorder the rubble. That’s why I’ve been able to boost the cash we’re committing to more than £35 million – matched by councils to bring the total to £71 million - to help councils and residents move on from this difficult past and can start realising the potential of their area.’
But shadow housing minister Jack Dromey said the money did not make up for the cuts in the original programme.
He said: ‘Today’s announcement cannot hide the fact that this government dashed the hopes of thousands of people who were just beginning to see the benefit in their local communities. The programme helped refurbish over 100,000 homes and built thousands more.’
|Local Authority||Total Government|
|Total with Local Authority matched funds|
|Blackburn with Darwen||£1.8m||£3.6m|
|Redcar and Cleveland||£0.3m||£0.6m|
|Total Capital Payments||£35.5m||£71.0m|