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Manchester gets £10m regen boost

Manchester's regeneration has been given a multi-million pound boost following an announcement that the city’s super-casino has been scrapped.

Hazel Blears announced that English Partnerships have earmarked around £10 million to accelerate the delivery of Sportcity, the largest concentration of sporting venues in Europe.

The money will be used for site preparation, in order to unlock the huge potential for leisure, commercial and sporting activity and create new jobs.

Ideas that have been put forward for the site include a new BMX centre, and extreme sports centre including a snowboarders half-pipe, scuba pool, abseiling and climbing walls as well as a sky-diving simulator and white-water rafting course.

The Government is also working with councils in Greater Manchester on their plans for a Multi-Area Agreement to be signed this summer to boost jobs, transport, investment and housing through greater co-operation.