A COMMUNITY facility is planned to help transform life in the West End of Crewe.
Wulvern Housing has announced proposals to invest £1.4m in Nova Court to transform the sheltered home complex into a vibrant community resource base.
The new facility, which will still include supported housing for vulnerable people, will also feature a cyber café offering access to employment and training opportunities for young people and will provide a multi-agency base for all residents in the area.
Wulvern director Rob Allen said: 'This is fantastic news for the West End. The project is a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the area and will provide a valuable community resource.
'Wulvern is working with Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council and the Crewe Regeneration Partnership to create a vibrant community where people want to live and work.'
The project has come about in response to the borough council's housing needs survey which identified a shortage in social housing resources in Crewe.
It also ties in with the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy to turn around Crewe's five most run-down wards, St Barnabas, Grosvenor, Alexandra, Coppenhall and Maw Green.
With some areas falling into the top 10% most deprived in England, the strategy outlines a multi-agency approach to increase opportunities and reduce social inequalities in these areas.
Key priorities include improvements to housing and environment, increased education and employment opportunities, tackling health inequalities and better provision for children and young people.
Borough councillor Steve Roberts said: 'Having a written strategy means once a problem is identified it will be addressed with everyone working together.
'So far the borough council, Wulvern Housing, the police, the fire service, social services, the health service and many more have put a lot of time and resources into this and I believe it will pay dividends.'
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council will be asked to formerly back the strategy tomorrow.