Housing project boosted by £1.5m as council focuses on regeneration

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A MULTI-MILLION pound housing project to regenerate one of St Leonards’ poorest areas has received a further cash injection of £1.5 million.

The money comes from a Government housing pot controlled by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and is added to the £3.5m promised by London housing association Local Place earlier this year.

The Observer reported in May that Local Place was set to invest £2m into the Carisbrooke Road area of St Leonards, buying up properties to refurbish and rent out.

And this week Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of the borough council, confirmed this £2m would be boosted by the extra cash from HCA.

He spoke after a conference held in the new Stade Hall focused on regenerating Hastings. Cllr Birch, who chaired the conference, said: “It was fitting that this was the first major conference to take place in Stade Hall, itself the result of a regeneration project.”

Cllr Birch chaired the conference, which also featured updates on local education and business.

Speakers from the county council were joined by Sir Dexter Hutt, interim chief executive of the Hastings and St Leonards Academies; Bob Young, chief executive of Local Space, and Graham Marley, chief executive of business networking group Lets Do Business.

If successful, the Carisbrooke Road scheme will be rolled out in other areas across St Leonards.