Last Friday, Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, joined the Mayor of Worcester Roger Knight and hundreds of Dines Green residents to mark the official completion of the area’s regeneration. Robin helped to found the All Party Parliamentary Group for Regeneration Through Innovation and the Dines Green project has already been highlighted in Westminster by that group.
The event, last week, organised by housing provider Fortis Living showcased the £8 million revamp of Dines Green including the 61 new homes and Worcester’s newest church, parking provision, a new Community Hub called the DG Den and new shops including a smart new Post Office.
The scheme will provide much needed affordable housing and is a major regeneration project on brownfield sites, delivering large numbers of new affordable homes without requiring building on green space. Fortis Housing have delivered the scheme including meeting the concerns of local residents about the need for a community church, something that Robin raised with both the housing association and the Diocese.
The work was designed to create a new hub for Dines Green, improving community cohesion and interaction and create a stronger sense of place and identity. There was collaborative support for this project from a number of organisations including Worcester Community Trust. Dines Green is one of Worcester’s longest standing communities, established in 1954 and Robin met with a number of residents who have been living there since its inception as well as children, growing up on the estate who will benefit from the improved community facilities.
Guy Weston, Chief Executive of Fortis Living said:
“The regeneration of Dines Green is a good example of how Fortis Living invests in communities. By improving homes and surrounding areas we are building a better future for our tenants.”
“It was wonderful to see so many people come along to this special event in Dines Green. It is a reminder of the important work Housing Associations carry out in our communities and the transformational impact of regeneration.”
“Alongside the delivery of much needed affordable homes this regeneration project has delivered smart new community facilities, shopfronts and even a new church for people of Dines Green. I am delighted to see such a positive approach, meeting the needs that residents have set out and delivering for the community in Dines Green”
“It is particularly welcome news that a new church was built, as in the original plans, residents were worried about the idea that their church could be moved into the community centre. Together with local residents I made representations to both Worcester Community Housing and the diocese about the future of St Michael’s and the provision of suitable facilities for weddings, christenings and funerals. It was a real pleasure to visit Worcester’s newest church and to see how it supports the strong community in Dines Green.”
Notes to Editors:
Robin set out that helping to get the new church built for Dines Green was one of his proudest achievements in an interview with the Worcester News in 2015 which can be found here:
Robin has also backed the RIBA campaign to “Build a better Britain” highlighting how quality housebuilding and design can make a contribution to cities and communities:
Robin has highlighted the success of Worcester’s Conservative City Council administration in delivering affordable homes and most recently welcomed a record set of figures for affordable homes in the city: