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Euro cash could help restore faith

PLANS to complete a community hub could help restore faith in the North Solihull Regeneration, a long-serving councillor has said.

PLANS to complete a community hub could help restore faith in the North Solihull Regeneration, a long-serving councillor has said.

Coun Mick Corser, Labour leader, said that the council needed to do justice to the much-discussed North Arran Way Village Centre.

Last week, cabinet agreed to apply for £1.5m funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

It’s hoped that Europe will share the costs of the next phase of the development – with the rest of the money being raised locally.

“The message we need to send out to people is ‘let’s finish what we’ve started,’” said Coun Corser.

“I do believe that there will be a great deal of disappointment if we don’t deliver what was promised.”

The village centre, at the heart of Smith’s Wood, is being completed in several phases.

In 2009, work was finished on a new junior school – Smith’s Wood Community Primary.

But the merger of two existing schools, Kingfisher and Bosworth Wood, proved unpopular with some parents.

Work is ongoing on the next stage of the development; the creation of a shopping parade and healthcare facilities.

Tory leader, Coun Ken Meeson, welcomed the application – but warned the cash wasn’t guaranteed.

“This project is really a showcase for the whole regeneration project,” he said.

“But it’s important to remember that there’s a difference between applying for funding, and actually getting the cheque.”

 

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