Event to celebrate £26 million revamp of Pimhole
TEN years of work and millions of pounds of investment to transform Pimhole have been marked with a celebration.
Bury Council organised the event as a thank you for all the help given by the residents now the improvements have been completed.
Pimhole Renewal Area was started in 2003 to renovate 374 properties in selected blocks while 130 sub-standard houses were replaced with 104 modern, energy- efficient homes.
Measures were also taken to improve the back streets and slow down traffic.
A key to the project’s success was the support of residents who formed the Pimhole Renewal Action Group (PRAG), and continue to be active in the community as part of the Pimhole Residents Association.
An independent report, which included responses from Pimhole residents, found that 72 per cent of residents agreed that Pimhole looks better, and that the new housing develop-ment has been a huge success with more than 78 per cent of the new homes already sold or reserved.
The cost of the scheme to the council has been about £15 million with an additional £10.2 million invested into the area by Prospect GB and funding of just under £1 million from the Homes and Comm-unities Agency.
Council officials say support for any future small scale comm-unity projects will be available to residents via the Bury East Township Forum.
Cllr Mike Connolly, leader of the council and East Ward councillor, said: “This has been a major project and an ambitious one to improve the area for local people and those thinking of moving there.
“I want to say a big thank you to residents for their forbearance, support and comm-unity spirit and to our partners in trans-forming this part of East Bury.”
Refreshments at the celebratory event were provided by Prospect GB who built the new homes in the area.
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