Wiltshire

Council's £900,000 plan to clean up Swindon's suburbs

About £900,000 is being invested by the council in order to improve six run-down suburban shopping centres in Swindon in Wiltshire.

The Tory-run Swindon Borough Council plans to invest £150,000 per shopping centre in areas around the town such as Eldene, Covingham and Freshbrook.

The money will go towards new benches, paving, and cycle racks.

Council leader Rod Bluh said local people would be consulted on how best to improve their area.

He said: "We do want to work with communities and take opinions on how to best spend it and make the money go as far as possible.

"We want to improve the environment and do a bit of cleaning up."

Mr Bluh said the two-year improvement plan, which is being funded by the council's capital programme, is expected to begin later this year.

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