Two of Leeds’ most deprived communities are in line to benefit from a major a programme of investment in their homes and the local environment.
Leeds City Council’s executive board will be asked to agree the project proposals for Cross Green and the Nevilles and invest £5million from the capital programme at a meeting on Friday 15 February. Further investment is expected to come through the government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligations schemes.
The projects will include improvements to the environmental performance of both private and council houses, designed to help people with affordable heating and improve the longer term health of residents. Work to the homes will be accompanied by upgrades to roads and open spaces and a community fund for small scale environmental and energy efficiency projects.
The investment is expected to improve the sustainability of these communities, making them more desirable places to live in the long term and complementing anticipated investment in the adjoining Aire Valley employment area.
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member for the environment said:
“This regeneration project will focus intensively on these neighbourhoods to bring about significant improvements that benefit the local communities.
“We are committed to ensuring that these neighbourhoods receive the environmental and housing improvements needed to make them sustainable in the long term and an excellent place for people to live.
“We are keen that not only is this work carried out, but that energy efficiency advice is also provided to ensure people are using their homes efficiently and that people are getting the right fuel saving measures to reduce fuel poverty.
“I am working closely with my colleagues, Cllr Peter Gruen and Cllr Richard Lewis as it crosses through both their portfolios of work, to see this project through.”
The programmes will be completed between 2013-2016.
To view a copy of the executive report visit www.leeds.gov.uk
Notes to editors:
The full £7.9m scheme is made up of £6.5m of council funds, with £5m coming from a new sustainable communities investment fund and £1.3m from the housing revenue account and the rest of the money coming from highways maintenance pot.
Aire Valley Leeds enterprise zone is an unprecedented opportunity for business relocation and expansion, situated at the heart of the Leeds City Region. Covering 142 hectares of prime development land, it is one of three new enterprise zones in Yorkshire, set up with government backing to drive investment, growth and job creation.
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