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Government Backs £50m Community Bid

A bid to win £50 million to improve one of the most run-down parts of Coventry has cleared its first hurdle with the Government giving the go-ahead to develop the plans.

The submission for the New Deal for Communities set out a proposal for the future developed by residents in Wood End, Henley Green, Manor Farm and Deedmore Road.

The aim of the scheme is to allow the members of the community to develop a long-term vision for the area, including what facilities they feel are needed.

To be successful in the first stage, the group had to show that they are working in partnership with the city council, voluntary agencies, the private sector and community groups across the city.

Now the government has given its backing for more detailed plans to be developed and submitted.

Pat Watson, vice chairman of the WHEM coalition, said:

“We are delighted to hear that our first stage proposal for the area has been successful.

“Now that our community will be able to have a say in how the £50m funding will be used, we need to work hard on more detailed plans.

“We are also very keen to hear from other residents in the area to hear what ideas they have to make the neighbourhood a much better place for everyone.”

The next stage is expected to take nine months. A final decision will be taken on how much the area will receive in April 2001, and the first grants will start coming in May 2001.

Local councillor Tom White, cabinet member for Community Well-Being, said:

“This is very good news for the area and a clear indication that the community is already working effectively together.

”Residents have put a lot of time and effort to make the New Deal for Communities proposal successful and with the support of even more local people I am confident that we will secure the funding that will bring long-term benefits to the area.”

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