£22m Funding for Birmingham Communities

By on 22/06/2009 in News

Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet will this Monday (29th June) be asked to agree to £22 million worth of regeneration funding to be spent in the Kings Norton and Aston Pride areas over the coming 12 months.

The money is being provided to each community as part of the on-going New Deal for Communities programme, funded by the Government, but for which the Council acts as the accountable body to oversee how the money is spent.

In Aston, where the Aston Pride NDC programme has run since 2001, £8.5 million is to be invested during 2009/10.

Specific new-build projects to benefit from the 09/10 funding will include:

The Enterprise Centre: a facility to house start-up businesses and offer managed workspace targeted at new businesses and those wishing to expand.

The Adult Education Centre: providing high quality learning opportunities to meet the needs of the local community.

The Youth Safe Haven: providing a base for the provision of activities for young people on a neighbourhood basis to reduce anti-social behaviour

Money will also be invested generally to improve basic skills base in schools, continue work to reduce crime and fear of crime, enhance community engagement and communications and develop plans for and put mechanism in place to allow for on-going regeneration when the NDC programme ends in 2011.

In Kings Norton £13.7 million is to be allocated to support the NDC regeneration of an area known locally as “The Three Estates.”

The money will be invested supporting the ‘New Futures’ scheme, which will enable significant change to the Three Estates over the next 10 to 15 years providing:

The demolition of 818 properties (of which 640 are Council rented units and 178 owner occupied properties).

The potential to provide around 1,400 new dwellings offering a mix of types and tenures.

In the region of £140 million in private sector investment levered into the area, covering both land acquisition and build costs

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For more information please call Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503

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