Councillors pleased at Holbeck and Beeston Hill PFI go-ahead

Local councillors have expressed their joy that a massive regeneration scheme was finally given the go-ahead by the government.

Following a Value for Money review by the Treasury, the government have given their approval to the £180m housing scheme which will create 388 new council homes and refurbish 1200  in communities in Little London and Beeston Hill & Holbeck. The decision – reported last month on South Leeds Life – paves the way for the council to now appoint a contractor to undertake the  work in the new year.

Today local councillors Angela Gabriel and Elizabeth Nash said they were delighted that the scheme had finally been given the go-ahead and are looking forward to work starting in Spring 2012 so that their communities can start seeing the benefits.

Councillor Angela Gabriel (Beeston & Holbeck) said:

 “I’m sure local residents will be the most relieved of all now that this scheme has finally been given the green light. Many have been living next door to empty building sites for many months now in advance of this delayed announcement. It will be a great boost to see building work finally get underway and people can start looking forward to the future.”

 Councillor Elizabeth Nash (City & Hunslet) said:

“My colleagues and I have had much input into the layout of the new houses in West Hunslet. 

“The houses will be on proper streets with pavements and with space for parking outside each front door.   There will be no ginnells and no bits and pieces of unclaimed greenspaces which no one takes responsibility for. I welcome and look forward to seeing the new homes.”