Residents in a deprived area
of Coventry are to make a decision with a difference next week - how
to spend £50 million.
The money has come from the
New Deal for Communities, a government-scheme aimed at injecting life
into the most run-down parts of the country.
The Wood End, Henley Green and
Manor Park areas of Coventry were selected for the money, and
residents are to be involved at every stage.
Lily Mulhall, who lives in
Wood End, said:
"New Deal for
Communities is about improving our lives and that of our families.
Itís exciting being involved in planning for our future and I know
how important next week is, so Iím asking my neighbours to join
Project ideas have been
developed and the decision will now be made on which are the
Roger Tipton a resident of
Henley Green and Chairman of New Deal for Communities Employment Task
"Next week we are
asking people to prioritise their plans for the area, so that we are
able to decide what to deliver in the first three years, of a ten
People have initially
identified about 180 potential projects, covering education, crime,
employment, housing, environment, transport, health, young people,
communication and leisure.
Residents living in the area
are meeting throughout the week at Area Coordination Office in Baytree
Close to look at each of these issues individually.
Jackie OíConnor resident of
Manor Farm and Chairperson of Manor Farm Residentsí Association,
"Local people have
developed some great ideas that will breathe new life into our
Steve Spreadborough, Wood End
resident and Chairman of New Deal for Communities Communication Group
"There are already many
local residents very active in New Deal for Communities, what we
want is to encourage more residents to visit one or more of the
groups next week to help shape a positive future for where we
New Deal for Communities is a
local resident led initiative, meaning for the first time residents
are making the decisions about what services they, their families and
To get involved, contact Steve
Spreadborough on 024 76 603074.