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News - 12 March 2005

eb4u goes under the microscope

The programme to deliver East Brighton from deprivation has been running for five years and is due to be closely scrutinized by the council.

The eb4u programme was one of many New Deal for Communities projects set up across the nation and was awarded a budget of £47.2 million for regeneration projects over a 10-year period.

Councillors selected to sit on a special scrutiny panel to examine the work of eb4U (East Brighton for You) have appointed Councillor Jan Young to chair the panel.

Councillor Young says, “eb4U is now at the halfway point in delivering its programme to revitalise the deprived area of East Brighton. As the council is the accountable body for eb4U we now need to examine carefully its work to see if it is on track to succeed.”

Terms of reference were also established at the panel’s first meeting. The panel will consider how eb4u has managed both its projects and its finances, and what has been achieved against its targets.

Councillor Young adds: “The work of our panel is only just begun, but ultimately we expect to make recommendations to the council, and where relevant to the eb4U Board of Directors, that will maximise the opportunities that exist for the regeneration of East Brighton over the remaining five years of the programme.

The panel will be gathering extensive material to inform its inquiry before it schedules a series of meetings in April, May, and June that will be open to the public.

Other members of the panel include councillors Kevin Allen, Brian Pigeon, Roy Pennington, and David Watkins.

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