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Connecting Communities

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

On 14 October, I informed Parliament about my plan to reinvigorate and connect with those communities that are feeling the pressure from recession most acutely and ensure they are well placed to share fully in future prosperity and emerge stronger and more cohesive.

I can today inform Parliament that I am extending that programme to a further 85 neighbourhoods across 54 local authorities, adding to the 27 neighbourhoods across 21 local authorities that I announced in October.

The expansion of the programme means over 100 communities are now getting targeted help in addressing local issues. The package of support will enable local people to influence, shape and change policies on issues which really matter in their community. It will help to make sure that those people who are feeling the pressure the most are getting a bigger say and a fair deal.

Practical actions delivered on estates and streets will focus on making changes that address local people’s concerns, reconnect them with jobs and tackle head on issues—real and perceived—which, left neglected, can prove fertile territory for extremism and those who would divide our communities.

I can also announce that around £2 million of funding is being directed at activity to support community champions, council staff and councillors that will help them develop the skills and confidence to address local issues head on. This funding complements extra support announced recently for around 130 local authority areas to tackle antisocial behaviour with training and support available to front-line staff and community champions.

Second round areas




North East (7)

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne City Council

1. Elswick

South Tyneside MBC

2. Central Jarrow

Middlesbrough Council

3. Thorntree

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

4. Stockton Town Centre

5. Newtown

Hartlepool Borough Council

6. Dyke House, Stranton, Grange

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

7. Southbank and Grangetown

Durham County Council

8. Spennymoor

North West (5)

Stockport MBC

9. Offerton

Rochdale MBC

10. Kirkholt

Oldham MBC

11. Waterhead

Knowsley MBC

12. Page Moss

Lancaster Council

13. Skerton

Yorkshire and Humber


Barnsley MBC

14. Darton West

15. Dearne

16.. Athersley and New Lodge

(received funding in wave l)

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

17. Goole

North Lincolnshire Council

18. Winterton

North East Lincolnshire Council

19. Fiveways

Leeds City Council

20. Gipton

Rotherham MBC

21.East Maltby

22. Dinnington

23.East Maltby

East (2)

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

24. Nelson

Thurrock Council

25. Tilbury Riverside and St Chad’s

East Midlands (7)

South Holland District Council

26. Holbeach

27. Long Sutton

28. Sutton Bridge

Bassetlaw District Council

29. Harworth

Leicester City Council

30. Eyres Monsell

Amber Valley Borough Council

31. Aldercar and Langley Mill

Northampton Borough Council

32. Thorplands

Gedling Borough Council

33. Killisick

N W Leicestershire District Council

34. Measham

West Midlands (6)

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

35. Bentilee

Birmingham City Council

36. Shard End

Herefordshire County Council

37. Newton Farm and Golden Post (Belmont Ward)

Sandwell MBC

38. Friar Park

39. Tibbington Estate, Princes End

Walsall MBC

40. Birchills

Wolverhampton MBC

41.Bilston East

South East (8)

Hastings Borough Council

42. Greater Hollington and Ore Valley

Brighton and Hove City Council

43. Whitehawk,

44. Moulescoomb and Woodingdean

Crawley Borough Council

45. Bewbush and Iffield

Rushmoor Borough Council

46. Prospect Estate

Southampton City Council

47. Bitterne (area around Sullivan Road, Sholing)

48. Weston

49. Millbrook

Wycombe District Council

50. Castlefield

Oxford City Council

51. Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys

Thanet District Council

52. Cliftonville West and Margate Central

South West (2)

Bath and NE Somerset Council

53. London Road, Snowhill

54. Queens Road, Keynesham

Bristol City Council

55. St George East and West, Brislington East

56. Southmead

57. Whitchurch

58. Hillfields


Barking & Dagenham

59. Eastbury

60. Village

61. Valence

62. Parsloes

63. Goresbrook

64. Alibon

Barnet, London Borough of

65. Coppetts

66. High Barnet

Croydon, London Borough of

67. New Addington

68. Fieldway

Enfield, London Borough of

69. Chase

70. Enfield Highway

71. Enfield Lock

72. Ponders End

73. Southbury and Turkey Street

Greenwich, London Borough of

74. Brook, Page and Corelli estates

Havering, London Borough of

75. Mawneys and Elm Park

Hillingdon, London Borough of

76. Yeading

Hounslow, London Borough of

77. Bedfont, Feltham North and West, Hanworth and Hanworth Park

Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Borough of

78. North Kensington

Redbridge, London Borough of

79. Hainault

Richmond upon Thames, London Borough of

80. Ham


82. Hampton North (Nursery Lands)

83. Castelnau

84. Mortlake

Sutton, London Borough of

85. Sutton Northern Wards: St Helier, Wandle Valley and The Wrythe