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.'
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.'