Pembrokeshire misses out on funding pot
8:01am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
HOPES that Pembrokeshire would benefit from a multi-million pound regeneration fund for Wales were dashed last week, as the Welsh Government announced the winners and losers in the first stage of its Vibrant and Viable Places programme.
At a meeting of the economy overview and scrutinee committee at County Hall on Thursday, September 12, members were told an application for the government funding had been unsuccessful.
The six largest towns in Pembrokeshire were scored on how they met the programme’s criteria, with Haverfordwest initially coming out on top.
However, after a ‘surprise announcement’ by housing and regeneration minister Carl Sargeant that the bid should focus on housing, Milford Haven was put forward as the county’s candidate for funding.
But, it was announced last week, only half of the 22 local authorities who made a case for stage one of the process will go through to stage two, with the nearest successful county being Swansea.
Speaking at County hall last week, Milford Haven councillor Stephen Joseph said he was “absolutely gutted” the application had been unsuccessful, but thanked everyone involved in the process for all their hard work.
Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said: “I’m extremely disappointed that the Welsh Government have dismissed Pembrokeshire’s proposal to support regeneration efforts in Milford Haven.”
He said that, with high vacancy rates and low affordable housing quota, the town centre was currently ‘underperforming’.
Mr Davies added: “It’s unacceptable that Milford Haven has been overlooked.”
In more positive news, the county council’s recent paint scheme has received an “excellent response”, with 90 properties across the county applying for a grant towards the cost of paint.
Properties in Pembroke will see the bulk of the money, with 26 property owners bagging the cash, while in Pembroke Dock only four properties will benefit from the scheme.
Run on a “first come, first served” basis, it is hoped the scheme will help enhance the appearance of the town centres in question.
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