Things are changing on the Westcliff Estate - how the £9 million regeneration programme is progressing
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Nov 2017
Things are changing on the Westcliff estate in Scunthorpe.
Nine-million-pound plans that have been years in the making - with some having doubts that they would ever come to fruition - are well under way.
The estate, not helped by the fly on the wall Channel 4 documentary "Skint", has gained itself a not always positive reputation - but many residents have said that Westcliff has a friendly community.
But by the end of February next year, The Arc should provide local people with a community focal point of which they can be proud.
It is all part of a joint project between Ongo Homes and North Lincolnshire Council.
Work is progressing at The Arc, a new facility being constructed on Scunthorpe's Westcliff estate as part of a £9 million project by Ongo Homes and North Lincolnshire Council
The Scunthorpe Telegraph was given a tour of The Arc to see how work is progressing at the site. See a video from the tour at the top of this page.
The Arc is an area for the community to come together - not only will it have shops - but also a cafe and kitchen large enough for training courses to operate in, a youth club and private rooms that can be hired out for activities.
Subject to contract, some of the shops will be run by local people and there will also be a One Stop grocery shop and pharmacy.
The Arc will be something the community can be proud of
There is also an area for businesses just starting out, that people can use temporarily to get fledgling enterprises off the ground.
Little Owls Nursery, currently operating in a temporary building, is also set to move into the building and will be provided with safe indoor and outdoor play areas.
It will also have underfloor heating, meaning there is no risk of children hurting themselves on radiators.
The building is going to be pedestrian-friendly, with a walkway through a grassed area connecting it to the 41 new houses that are also being built.
Development manager Martin Green and Ongo employee Sarah Ford
New car parking facilities are also being developed.
The houses, the building of which is already under way, will be completed over a longer period of time.
They include two and three-bed properties and bungalows, some of which will be adapted for disabled people.
Development manager Martin Green said a lot of pride has gone into the development, with a real emphasis being put on how it can bring the community together in addition to helping people gain skills they need to get into employment.
"We are serious about helping local people," he said.
"Local people have been helping to build it as well as apprentices. It is going to be unrecognisable.
"In the youth club we are going to let youngsters decorate it how they like so that they know it is their space.
Work in progress at The Arc
"We wanted to make sure that young people have somewhere. It will be a new lease of life for the area.
"The planning first came about 12 years ago and there has been so much consultation with local people, because we really wanted to get everyone's comments and thoughts.
"But now people know it is actually being delivered. Some people might having been thinking 'well that's great but it will never happen' and now it is.
"People feel like they have been a part of it and the residents came up with the name The Arc."
He added that the building really is for everyone, with facilities for both adults and children, and said he hoped people from outside Westcliff would also like to visit The Arc.
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