Newport fire street funds approved

7:20pm Wednesday 18th April 2012

By David Deans

FUNDING for a plan to demolish homes on a street part devastated by fire five years ago has been given the go-ahead by a group of Newport councillors.

Spending of £85,000 for Marlborough Road demolition works was approved by Newport council cabinet when they met this week.

The Argus reported on Tuesday that the city council is in the process of buying the remaining fire-affected properties in Marlborough Road.

The £85,000 is needed for the demolition of the four remaining derelict properties and to secure the site.

The authority has reached an agreement with affordable housing provider Fairlake to build family homes to replace the 13 houses destroyed by the blaze in summer 2007.

The scheme was approved as part of additions to the council's capital programme – which included £145,000 for refurbishment works at St Julian's High School.

A report to the committee said the cash would be spent on refurbishing the existing girls toilets, relocation of the existing boys toilets and a new cafeteria in the area left by the former boys toilets.

A £900,000 scheme – funded by the South East Wales Transport Alliance (SEWTA) – to upgrade the market square bus interchange from five stands to ten stand bus station facility with a passenger waiting area was also added to the programme.

Improvements to the George Street and Lower Dock Street junction worth £781,000 were also approved in principle subject to confirmation of £400,000 funding from SEWTA.

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