Lifeline for hub scheme

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FUNDING has been secured to ensure the new Mixenden Centre hub goes ahead.

Cabinet approved £663,000 towards shops, a post office, library, offices and community facilities on land around the former Jumples pub.

The money is from the Performance Reward Grant given by the government to Calderdale Council for it meeting a series of performance targets.

There were concerns that the project could be set back due to a shortage of funds in the council’s capital spending programme.

But Councillor Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) said it was right that the money was found.

“I’m delighted the council has taken a creative, alternative approach,” he said.

“For regeneration to have any meaning it must include projects to bring new life into disadvantaged communities.

“It’s absolutely crucial we develop the site.

“This scheme is really important for Mixenden and the people who live there.

“The community needs and deserves good shops and public facilities.”

He said the scheme met all the criteria asked for to win funding and it will be developed with support from Pennine Housing.

It was one of nine schemes to win a share of nearly £2.6 million PRG funding.

Cabinet recommended all schemes to council for approval.

The others are the Upbeat Families Scheme (£186,000); Calderdale’s Economic Fighting Fund (£200,000); Intensive Home Support for older people (£234,720); Innovation Grand and Loan Fund (£200,000); Totally Locally Shops (£130,000); Safe and Warm Homes (£500,000); Upbeat “Graduates” (£189,000) and Commit Change Programme (£283,684).

A further eight projects have been placed on a reserve list in case any of the preferred nine schemes are unable to progress.

A staggering 142 business cases were put forward from a variety of organisations for a share of the money which was whittled down by Calderdale Forward.

Council leader and Forward chairwoman Janet Battye (Lib-Dem, Calder) said it was an overwhelming response and a considerable task to recommend the chosen schemes which will really add value to the work being done.

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