Cash for play and homes

MILLIONS of pounds will be spent on facilities for youngsters and affordable housing from money made from the £23 million council house sell-off. North Somerset Council transferred its 6,113 homes to non-profit making housing association North Somerset Ho

MILLIONS of pounds will be spent on facilities for youngsters and affordable housing from money made from the £23 million council house sell-off.North Somerset Council transferred its 6,113 homes to non-profit making housing association North Somerset Housing in February.The council has announced it will spend nearly £13 million on affordable housing between now and 2012 from the money gained from the sale.A total of £300,000 will be spent on games areas on the Oldmixon estate and Ashcombe Park. Play areas on the Bournville and Coronation estates will be improved by a £200,000 grant.Money will also be spent on enlarging CCTV coverage in Weston and Worle, improving roads and youth clubs.Councillor Mike Bell, executive member for finance, said: "Local people often complain that the council does not act. I'm delighted to announce these projects, which are all about action - making North Somerset a better place to live and work."This programme is the first phase of a multi-million investment in community facilities across North Somerset that has only been made possible following the decision to transfer the council housing stock to a new housing association.

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