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WELSH HOUSING ESTATES RECEIVE£750,000 BOOST

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Eight blighted housing estates in Wales are to receive a£750,000 regeneration package from the government, reports...
Eight blighted housing estates in Wales are to receive a£750,000 regeneration package from the government, reports the Western Mail (p5).

Welsh housing minister Peter Hain announced a raft of measures yesterday including funding for eight new community co-ordinators.

The estates set to benefit are: Gurnos and Galon Uchaf, Merthyr Tydfil; Duffryn, Newport; Peulwys Estate, Conwy; Blaenymaes and Portmead, Swansea; Rhymney, Caerphilly; Deiniolen, Dinorwg and Clwt y Bont, Gwynedd; Southsea and Brynteg, Wrexham; and Rhiwgarn Estate, Rhondda Cynon Taff;

Janet Roynon, policy officer at Wrexham CBC, said: 'There are problems of deprivation stemming from a very high unemployment rate with issues of drugs and young people having nothing to do. We...see this as a fantastic opportunity to address these problems.'

Paul Diggory, assistant housing director at Conwy BC, said: 'To be successful it must be very much a joint effort, the local authority and other agencies working with the residents to improve the environment.'

A spokeswoman for Gwynedd CC said: 'We are convinced the people...will use this money well and make it a much better place to live.'

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