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Community celebrates Roundshaw regeneration 10 years on - 15.12.09

Roundshaw residents joined community leaders at a celebration event to mark the tenth anniversary of the Wallington estate today, Tuesday 15 December.

The area has undergone a complete transformation over the last decade with 1960s flat blocks demolished and replaced with hundreds of new homes.

Sutton Council worked with residents, Roundshaw Homes and others to secure funding and drive the regeneration forward. It has seen Roundshaw change from an area with high unemployment, anti-social behaviour and crime, to one of the most sought after places for affordable homes in Sutton.

The groundbreaking Phoenix Centre, featuring a council-run leisure centre, library and other community facilities, opened to the public in 2005.

The celebration event was held at the Roundshaw Homes offices in Mollison Square.

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

"Roundshaw is without doubt one of the best examples we have of residents, the council, our housing association partners and contractors working together to change and improve lives.

"It has changed from an area where tenants were desperate to move off to a place where people want to live.

"But our combined success regenerating and improving the estate over the last ten years is only the beginning.

"The challenge now is to build on it and work with the community to ensure Roundshaw can be said with a feeling of pride in 10 and 20 years time and be held up as an example of long term success."

Charlotte Carp, Head of Roundshaw Homes, said:

"Hyde and Metropolitan Housing Trust are proud to have worked together as Roundshaw Homes to deliver the regeneration of the Roundshaw estate. Involving residents in shaping Roundshaw into a place they want to live has been at the heart of our approach."

Last updated: Tuesday, 15 December 2009

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