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86m boost for housing
Deputy prime minister John Prescott
The project is part of a 15-year programme
More than 86m is to be spent on improving housing in Merseyside.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott announced the scheme in a visit to the area on Monday.

It is aimed at revitalising a failing housing market which has seen house prices plummet and homes abandoned.

Areas of Liverpool, Sefton and the Wirral have been targeted for major refurbishment and slum clearance under a project called New Heartlands.

It aims to improve housing quality and seeks to tackle the low demand for homes in these areas.

The funding will:

  • clear more than 2,700 redundant and poor quality properties
  • refurbish, repair and upgrade 325 existing homes
  • build over 1,600 new homes
  • provide extra management measures to overcome low demand, such as teams of neighbourhood wardens, for more than 97,000 homes.

    Housing Minister Keith Hill said the funding was about "more than bricks and mortar".

    This is just the beginning of a 15 year programme to transform the region
    John Glester, New Heartlands
    He added: "These homes, which may be new build or renovated properties, need to be in neighbourhoods which have the potential to thrive, with parks, schools, busy shopping areas, leisure facilities and job opportunities."

    New Heartlands is one of nine areas, called Pathfinders, earmarked by the government to improve demand for housing in areas in the North of England where the stock is poor.

    The four other North West Pathfinders are Salford, Rochdale, Oldham and East Lancashire.

    John Glester, chair of New Heartlands, said he was delighted with the funding.

    He said: "This is just the beginning of a 15 year programme to transform the region, but we can only achieve this by working in partnership with stakeholders from all sectors, including health, education, crime prevention and employment.

    "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revive housing markets, regenerate deprived neighbourhoods and create sustainable communities for the future."


  • SEE ALSO:
    Liverpool to be UK City of Light
    31 Dec 03  |  Merseyside
    125m to revitalise city areas
    06 Oct 03  |  Manchester


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