Pendleton ground force starts clear-up of regeneration area
Published by Robert.Davies for IPB Communications in Communities and also in Housing
Pendleton's groundforce team starts big clear-up
Green-fingered workers are starting to give Pendleton in Salford a makeover as the launch of the area’s £650 million regeneration scheme draws closer.
The Pendleton Together Community Workforce has been launched to clear up grot spots in the area during the build-up to the regeneration scheme’s launch. They have been collecting litter, clearing overgrown areas, guerrilla gardening and planting.
The Pendleton Together consortium has set up the team to help transform the area, which will eventually see 10 hectares of quality public space created, including new parks, new pathways, managed allotments and a community orchard.
Overall the project will see more than 1,600 new energy efficient homes built and more than 1,250 existing council-owned properties improved, including the area’s iconic tower blocks. The scheme is set to generate 500 jobs; create 24 new small and medium business enterprises; provide skills training for 3,200 local people and 2,000 work experience opportunities.
The consortium, Pendleton Together, which will deliver the regeneration project, includes social landlord Together Housing Group and building and regeneration specialist Keepmoat. Pendleton Together will work in partnership with Salford City Council.
The team's work will expand once the regeneration project is launched, with the recruitment of several apprentices. Tom Miskell, Chief Executive of Together Housing Group, the organisation leading the consortium, said:
“We are investing in a team dedicated to making Pendleton a clean and attractive place to live. Over the years, due to a lack of money, patches of land have fallen into disrepair and become untidy and overgrown .The refurbishment part of the regeneration project has not launched yet, but we are investing in a team of 10 people to do some early works in August to show our commitment to getting that off to a great start and to support the building of new homes and spaces that we started in March"