FEB 01] COVENTRY AREA COORDINATION PRESS RELEASE
Gives Residents New Energy
of four neighbouring Coventry suburbs are working with the city
council to spend £50 million to improve their environment.
12,000 people who live in Manor Park, Wood End, Deedmore Road
and Henley Green have answered the call with such enthusiasm
that they have already identified 180 potential projects to
improve their areas.
four districts are bracketed as Coventry's 'New Deal for
Communities' area, into which will be injected £5 million a
year for the next ten years to improve properties, the
environment and to upgrade facilities.
'New Deal' will be supported by the Area Co-ordination and will
use an office to be set up in the area.
energy and commitment of local residents has already been
praised by Government Minister Jeff Rooker on his recent visit
to the New Deal area.
urgent start will be made to tidy up the appearances of 750
vacant properties to make them more attractive to prospective
tenants and work will start within a few months to demolish most
of the derelict blocks of flats that are considered to be blots
on the landscape.
Spreadborough, chairman of New Deal for Communities Task Group,
response has been amazing.
I have always suspected that there is a big reservoir
of good feeling among residents for these areas and this
response confirms it.
formed task groups to identify projects and our next step is
to decide which can be started in the first three years.
can already tidy up gardens of empty houses, which have become
rubbish dumps, so that the properties will attract people into
issues which can be implemented quickly include the provision
of drop kerbs for wheelchair users and a shuttle bus service
to help residents to get into and out of the city centre.
the long term we want to build a leisure centre which could
become a focal point in the area.
importantly, everything we are doing will be community-based
and we can assure people that we are carefully evaluating
every suggestion put to us."