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City puts in for £10m to aid 'stranded' residents

Cash bid to jump start housing renewal in five clearance areas

Written by . Published on July 14th 2011.

City puts in for £10m to aid 'stranded' residents

LIVERPOOL is bidding for a share of £30 million in Government cash to help boost areas affected by the removal of Housing Market Renewal funding.

The city council announced that it has submitted a bid for £10 million of HMR Transition Funding, as part of “continuing work to protect vulnerable Liverpool residents and allow housing renewal to continue, by identifying and drawing down funding from different sources”.

'Even if we are successful in securing
this funding, it will be a drop in the
ocean compared to what we have lost'

The Government announced the creation of the £30 million HMR Transition Fund in May, to re-house the residents left most vulnerable and stranded in clearance areas as a result of the ending of HMR funding.

Following an extensive review and taking into account the strict criteria set down for the funding, the city council says it has included the following five areas in its bid:

  • Anfield Breckfield – Phases 3-5
  • Easby Estate – Phases 1-5
  • Welsh Streets – Phases 1 and 2
  • Edge Hill – Phases 1-3
  • Picton – Phases 1-3

The rules state that funding must focus on streets and areas which are between 10 per cent and 50 per cent occupied and which suffer from the worst dereliction.

The cost of acquiring homes in these areas, re-housing residents, demolishing properties and preparing sites for rebuild by private developers is £21.06 million, the council says. Because any Transition Fund awarded by the Government has to be match-funded by local authorities, Liverpool is bidding for £10.53 million.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, said: “The scrapping of HMRI funding was a huge, huge blow to this city, and even if we are successful in securing this funding, it will be a drop in the ocean compared to what we have lost. The narrow criteria also meant there were a number of areas in the city not eligible for this funding.”

But, she added: “I want to reassure those residents not included in this bid that we will continue to work tirelessly to secure funding from other sources.”

Cllr Ann O'ByrneCllr Ann O'ByrneMerseyside’s Pathfinder programme is one of five in the country identified as ‘most challenged’ by the Government, making the region eligible to bid for a share of the £30 million Transition Funding.

The funding rules also state that "extensive intervention" has to have already been made in the areas using HMR grant funding. It cannot be used to ‘open up’ new phases of acquisition and possible demolition.

Anfield Breckfield Phases 6 and 7 and Welsh Streets Phase 3, are not eligible for HMR Transition Funding and could not, therefore, be included.

It added that it is now exploring longer term solutions for these areas, so that regeneration and housing renewal can continue.

 A decision on the award is expected to be made by the Government in August.

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