NEW EAST MANCHESTER - A NEW TOWN IN THE CITY
An unprecedented range of regeneration initiatives are being focused on East Manchester. The whole area is recognised as a redevelopment laboratory on district and city level. Over the next 10 years more than £90 million public funding has been committed to address the physical, economic and social problems of the area. The time scale of the applied programmes is long-distance and reaches from 1994 to 2010/2012.
Taken together, all these programmes provide the basis for a major improvement in the lives and prospects of residents, driven by the objectives of reducing unemployment (creating and securing jobs) with emphasis in education, skills and training; tackling and improving community safety, crime and the fear of crime; improving the health and well-being of the community - provision of positive open space; capacity building within the community; and providing resources to improve housing conditions and community and leisure facilities.
At the heart of governmental commitment for the area are combined “New Deal for Communities” and “Beacons for a Brighter Future” initiatives, formed to provide the strategic direction and ensure a holistic approach. The initiative relies on community and resident involvement and stresses the importance of ensuring mainstream service providers that deliver better quality local services.
New East Manchester Limited (1999) prepares and implements a strategic framework, secure additional funding, lead on particular development projects, secure inward investment and co-ordinate the range of initiatives.
Good practice and innovation:
- creation of more sustainable communities through an integrated programme of economic, social and environmental development, controlled by the City Council, including the recognition of the regeneration priorities by the local actors
- Importance of area-based regeneration initiatives in exceptionally deprived areas
- Open approach, recognising the potentials of the area parallel to its greatest disadvantages, what brings the need for balanced improvement actions
- high concentration of the initiatives and institutions of different scales on the area, providing heterogeneous impulses for the redevelopment and great scale of the investments