Cash injection to boost community investment in Cross Green

Homes in Cross Green are to receive further investment as part of the next stage of the Sustainable Communities Investment Programme (SCIP).

At a meeting of the council’s executive board today (Wednesday 4 September), members agreed to a cash injection of £4.05m to improve the look of 180 properties in the area along with the energy efficiency of the homes.

As part of the next phase of the project works will be undertaken on a number of properties including installing new roofs, windows, doors, rainwater goods and the repointing of external walls and new boundary walls and yards. Alongside this energy efficiency works will be undertaken via Green Deal funding.

A contractor for the latest lot of works will be appointed early in 2014, with work proposed to commence on site at the beginning of the next financial year.

This latest round of investment adds to the £2.6million already spent in the area last year as part of the first phase of the project. Alongside this, Chevin Housing Association have built 21 new affordable homes directly adjacent to both the previous and the proposed group repairs.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“This project will make a big difference to properties in the Cross Green area. We want to make sure we take advantage of all the benefits this scheme will bring, including home improvements and local employment.”

“I am working closely with my colleagues who cover the environment and development, Cllr Mark Dobson and Cllr Richard Lewis, to see this project through.”

To view a copy of the report visit http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/documents/s101283/Cross%20Green%20Group%20Repair%20Cover%20Report%20210813.pdf

Notes to editors:

In February 2013 Leeds City Council executive board gave approve to create a SCIP to help regenerate areas of housing need. The programme consists of improvements to the fabric of properties along with environmental improvements, highway improvements and a community fund in the Cross Green area of the city.


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