Residents from three deprived
estates in Coventry are being given a chance to look at £50 million
plans to improve the area before they are submitted to the government.
More than 500 people living
and working in Wood End, Henley Green and Manor Farm have been
deciding how to change their community.
The bid for the money from the
New Deal for Communities fund will be sent to the government next
To be successful the
organisers will have to show that attention has been paid to every
detail and the community has been leading the decision-making process.
Businesses, residents groups,
the city council, area co-ordination and other organisations in the
city have spent six weeks throwing ideas into the ring ready for the
A special group called the
WEHM Coalition has been set up to co-ordinate the effort.
Ideas have been put together
covering health, education, crime, employment, transport, leisure,
young people and environment and housing.
Rev Nerissa Jones, who chairs
WEHM, said many of the issues in the area connected with one another.
“We’ve got a pile of
suggestions about a yard high. It’s very exciting.
“A lot of the ideas are
about things that will help young people to have a more fulfilled
childhood. There are 3,500 children here with nothing to do.
“If we get the money we
have to spend a year costing everything exactly. It isn’t enough
to say we want a leisure centre, we have to show how every penny
will be spent.
“People haven’t been
able to have a say before. Now they are being given the chance to
lead the way.”
The estates including Wood End
were the only ones in the city allowed to bid for the cash after it
met several criteria showing the deprivation in the area.
If the cash bid is successful,
the money will be made available in stages over a ten-year period.
People who want to have a look
at the bid and find out more about the proposals for change can go to
the Watcombe Day Centre in Watcombe Road from 10am to 12.30pm on
will be activities to keep children entertained and a prize draw for a
information from Wood End/Bell Green Area Co-ordination on 024 76