Video to encourage Soho residents to have their say on regeneration

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By poppy_smith | Sunday, October 28, 2012, 07:24

The views of residents affected by a central London regeneration programme have been captured in a short film, published on YouTube this week.

Residents, stakeholders and housing officers feature in the six-minutes-long film to discuss Westminster City Council's Housing Renewal Programme.

In the video, affected residents speak of their anxieties over the scheme, which will involve the refurbishment and rebuilding of five estates, while others lend their support to regeneration which will create more homes, improved standards of living and provide an economic boost to the area.

The council hopes that the video will hope to further inform residents about the regeneration plans and inspire those affected to get involved in the consultation processes and have their say.

Cllr Jonathan Glanz, Westminster City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Property, said: "This video is a twenty-first century way of reaching out to our communities and ask them to work with us, as we look to provide twenty-first century affordable housing in Westminster.

"Our housing renewal programme is focused on creating new homes, improving standards of living, and providing an economic boost to the area; creating local jobs for local people.

"I would ask that residents who live in each of the renewal areas take a closer look at the plans, see what the benefits are on offer, and work with us in creating a brighter future for these areas."

Residents can view the video, which is subtitled in English and Arabic, on YouTubeFacebook and also at




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