pounds 15m revamp for 'poor' housing estate

A run-down housing estate, with "high levels" of poverty, has been given a pounds 15m Christmas present which will include a new swimming pool and fitness centre.

Some pounds 2.5m over five years will come from the Government's Single Regeneration Challenge Fund, with pounds 4m from Oxford City Council and pounds 5m from the Housing Corporation and the Oxford Citizen's Housing Association. The balance will be paid by private companies and other organisations. Work is set to start in the new year.