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DELIGHT AS BOLTON SCHEME SCOOPS£20M JACKPOT

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Local residents in Breightmet, Tonge, Hall i'th'Wood and Burnden have celebrated the news that a£60m regeneration...
Local residents in Breightmet, Tonge, Hall i'th'Wood and Burnden have celebrated the news that a£60m regeneration scheme that will help transform their part of the town has been given the green light by bosses at the North West Development Agency.

The scheme made up of an award of£20m from the government's

Single Regeneration Budget will bring with it£40m from other

public and private sector sources with the cash being targetted at one of the boroughs most deprived areas over a seven year period.

'Local communities are rightly celebrating over this news which will

mean much needed action can be taken on a wide range of issues such as

tackling crime, helping people find jobs, providing opportunities for

young people and improving local services', said cllr Frank White,

cabinet member for social inclusion and community safety.

'This scheme is all about involving local people directly in coming up

with ideas about what their local area needs and is foccussed on

delivering projects that will build a strong sense of community spirit

and invest in the people of the area not just bricks and mortar.

Tackling local priorities such as crime and investing for the future

through young people is at the heart of what we are trying to do'.

The bid was devoped by a local partnership made up key agencies

including Bolton MBC, Bolton and Bury Chamber, Wigan and Bolton

Health authority and Bolton CVS who worked with hundreds of local

people, community and voluntary groups to come up with the ideas that

will ensure a bright future for the area.

Brieghtmet resident Gabi Eldred who has been heavily involved in

developing the scheme said: 'This is wonderful news and now we have a

real opportunity to do things that will benefit local people right

across the patch. As a local person being involved with the development of the bid has been great and I want to encourage local people to come forward and get involved in its implementation. This is vital to its success.'

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