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Old 06-05-2014, 03:20 PM
 
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Default Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration funding

Wrexham allocated £10.594m for areas of Wrexham Town Centre/Caia Park/Hightown for Redefining the town centre, turning empty properties/vacant land into homes etc:

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Old 06-05-2014, 05:01 PM
 
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I wonder if that is where the money is coming from for new doors, windows, central heating, boilers, kitchens & bathrooms for some Caia Park residents, some of whom really don't want to have a lot of mess again after recently having solar panels (twice) & new roofs fitted. If it ain't broke why keep fixing it.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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Default Re: Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration funding

This is not new it was announced 5 months ago and the Council have not yet set up a Partnership. WHY???
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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I am currently selling Toyah tickets for the Tivoli. She famously recorded the song "It's a mystery"........and it is
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:55 AM
 
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Default Re: Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration funding

The 'further details' released yesterday read:

Redefining the town centre

The Vibrant and Viable Places funding will be used to research and develop a new plan for Wrexham Town Centre’s long-term future investment and regeneration. The plan will also cover areas surrounding the town centre and will be market tested. It will be supported by other strategic plans and schemes, including the Wrexham Local Development Plan and other projects included in the Vibrant and Viable Places bid.

Empty properties/vacant land into homes

A new loan scheme will bring properties back into use and build new homes in and around Wrexham town centre. The loans are recyclable – when they are repaid, the money is used to fund more loans.

New town centre homes and Extra Care development

This project will fund new housing developments for older people, offering an Extra Care scheme and affordable homes.

Private rental sector improvements

This project will help improve the standard of private rented sector homes through four main strands:

loan scheme – private sector landlords will be able to access loans to improve their housing at a favourable interest rate
business support for landlords – this will help landlords become more business-like in their approach to property management
social lettings agency – to be established using the expertise and best practice within Wrexham Council’s Housing Department
private sector improvement and liaison – overseen by Wrexham Council’s Housing Department.

South West Wrexham housing renewal area

Privately owned properties in the renewal area will have their lifespan extended by 30 years. They will be given new roofs, windows, doors and energy efficiency measures. The owners of the property will pay part of the costs.

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

Wrexham Council has identified households which it will prioritise through ECO. The ECO project will help tackle fuel poverty and deliver affordable warmth by installing a number of energy efficiency measures such as external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and boiler replacement. Vibrant and Viable Places funding will be used to pay a small contribution to each property improved.

Affordable childcare

Two council owned buildings on the outskirts of the town centre will be redeveloped to become affordable childcare centres. The flagship centres will offer childcare training, apprenticeship and volunteering opportunities.

Project supporting the Vibrant and Viable Places framework

The following project is not funded by the Vibrant and Viable Places framework but supports its aims.

Skills and Employment

The eight Vibrant and Viable Places projects will create many employment and skills development opportunities and will be supported by a skills training programme. These will be mainly construction related but will also include the creative arts, social case (Does this mean social care?) and business training.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:41 AM
 
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It will be interesting to see whether the Town Centre remit "The Vibrant and Viable Places funding will be used to research and develop a new plan for Wrexham Town Centre’s long-term future investment and regeneration. The plan will also cover areas surrounding the town centre and will be market tested" will fit in snugly with the Destination Wrexham objective of making the town a hub for Tourism
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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Default Re: Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration funding

Penybryn must be top of the list to get funding, some of the buildings have been empty for 20 years or more.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:35 PM
 
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Sorry but how much more research is needed before there is action.
Regarding the new information from NJones all of this has been in circulation in Council reports for at least three months but they still have not said how they are going to engage with the Town Centre community both business and residential.
You will also note that it included Caia Park which has had millions of pounds pumped into the are over the past 20 years and it is still defined as deprived. When will the powers that be realize that throwing money into an area all of the time is not the solution-- the biggest success is Caia Park partnership which is charity providing massive support and job opportunities- not under Council control.
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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Default Re: Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration funding

South West Wrexham , any more detailed information on which areas are included in this definition?
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:38 PM
 
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Default Re: Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration funding

I doubt it. Those new kitchens and bathrooms have been all over Wrexham including Maesydre, Acton and Brynteg

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I wonder if that is where the money is coming from for new doors, windows, central heating, boilers, kitchens & bathrooms for some Caia Park residents, some of whom really don't want to have a lot of mess again after recently having solar panels (twice) & new roofs fitted. If it ain't broke why keep fixing it.
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