Eyesore area of Dudley to be transformed
A long-awaited project that will see an 'eyesore' area of Dudley transformed into an attractive area for residents has finally been given the go ahead.
The Cradley Action Group has been working tirelessly for years to give the Colley Gate area a much-needed upgrade - after a number of properties and businesses fell into disrepair.
Many of the shops are boarded up on the main Colley Gate road, buildings appear to be crumbling, and the paths have gradually become overgrown with weeds.
But now the area is all set to get a sparkling new makeover – as it has been announced that contracts have been exchanged between Dudley Council and developers for a regeneration project.
The regeneration scheme will see 'major improvement' to the appearance of the buildings in the area - and will make it an attractive place for residents and tourists to visit once more.
Chris Legiewicz of the Cradley Residents Association said: "These derelict shops have been an eyesore for so many years and it seems quite surreal that contracts have finally been exchanged.
"I’m so glad that we have had the support of the village to make sure that this happens.”
MP for Stourbridge Margot James added: "I am delighted that we have reached this important milestone, which means that the appointed developers can now proceed to draw up a detailed plan to transform the area.
"It is a vital development for Cradley residents, who have been awaiting action for some time. The regeneration will see major improvement to the look and appearance of Colley Gate and is the result of continuous community pressure.
"I have campaigned alongside the community for this regeneration, and I am relieved as well as thrilled with this important news.”
James Clinton, Conservative candidate for Cradley and Wollescote also added: "Having worked with the various community groups in Cradley, I know just how much this issue matters to local people.
“Working with residents such as Chris, I have taken practical action to improve the area and a redevelopment of these shops would be a huge improvement – ridding the area of a long standing eyesore.”