Hull to refurbish 200 houses after major funding cut

About 200 homes are to be refurbished in Hull - despite a large slice of government money being withdrawn.

The scheme will see building work to improve appearance and energy efficiency on homes in the inner-city St Andrews area.

Government money for the city's Gateway project was stopped in November 2010.

The scheme had been running since 2004 and had channelled £150m of government cash into city neighbourhoods.

Council officials had been aiming to attract about £30m in 2011/12 to keep the programme going.

Last November, Hull secured £3.3m from a £30m transitional fund set up by housing minister Grant Shapps.

Local councillor Darren Hale said: "If we do nothing, this area will continue to decline and it's not fair on the residents that live here. This gives it a fighting chance.

"It's not what we wanted, we wanted wholesale regeneration originally, but it is the next best thing."

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