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WESTMINSTER WATCH - BLIGHTED AREAS TO BE TARGETED

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Plans to regenerate neighbourhoods blighted by run-down and boarded- up housing have been announced by the DTLR. ...
Plans to regenerate neighbourhoods blighted by run-down and boarded- up housing have been announced by the DTLR.

The department has announced nine pathfinder areas where the government will work with councils to find solutions for dealing with run-down properties.

Local government secretary Stephen Byers said: 'Derelict homes don't just scar the landscape. They make life intolerable for those still living there. Those who can, leave, those left are often trapped in negative equity.

'The knock-on effect is immense; it permeates our towns and cities. Declining areas destroy the fabric of our society.'

Local authorities must work with partners to rejuvenate their areas, he added.

The pathfinder areas are Greater Manchester, Merseyside, East Lancashire, Oldham & Rochdale, South Yorkshire, Humberside, Tyneside, North Staffordshire and Birmingham & Sandwell.

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