£1m investment in regeneration of estates announced
Telford & Wrekin Council is to invest £1m over the next two years to regenerate the borough’s older estates.
This will include tackling local issues including problem sites, improving the public areas and shopping parades and resolving infrastructure challenges.
The cash will ensure that older estates alongside the newer communities benefit from investment - ensuring communities across the Borough see improvements.
These infrastructure improvements will also complement already announced investments through the Pride In Our Community and Pride In Our High Streets funds.
This focus of this investment follows on from the Council’s success regenerating a number of local centres. This includes Malinslee where the council has worked in partnership with Wrekin Housing Trust on the development of nine affordable bungalows in the local centre.
The council has also taken a proactive approach providing support to enable key sites which have sat stalled for many years to be brought back into use, including Church Walk in Donnington and The Haybridge in Hadley (formerly Manor Heights).
The Council has worked with developers to support delivery including linking them in to funding for stalled sites, ensuring sites are safe and anti social behavior issues are tackled.
The council is now working in partnership with parish and town councils to identify other sites and projects that can benefit from the planned investment as the involvement of local partners is key to this.
Specific projects already identified include:
•In Stirchley, continuing work with the parish, school and church to address challenges around the local centre and opportunities to redevelop the area
•In Randlay, the council will continue to work with private landowners in the centre to support its completion
•In Donnington, the focus will be on a range of initiatives including making improvements in and around the Parade maintaining and improving local shops and increasing footfall
Telford & Wrekin Council is also investigating the scope for regeneration schemes in other areas of the borough including Hollinswood, Aqueduct, Overdale and Woodside.
Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Economic Development, said: “Telford is absolutely unique in its geography linking new communities with old and in our continued speed of growth and that means we have to develop specially designed schemes to ensure investment reaches communities across the borough.
“Some of the borough’s older areas including estates that were developed when Telford first came into being very much fall into this category.
“I am delighted that we are able to commit this fund to make a difference to these areas and I am looking forward to working with partners including Parish and Town Councils to identify how it can best be spent.
“We have already identified some specific schemes in places like Stirchley, Randlay and Donnington but I anticipate we will be making more announcements in the coming months when some of that partnership working has developed further.”