Q. Why spend all this money on housing? There are other issues we need to solve too.

The Pathfinder is not just about bricks and mortar. We also want to create new areas of open green space, better traffic arrangements, better parking and safer neighbourhoods.

However, it’s true that better housing and neighbourhoods are the central aim. By improving housing, we can improve the quality of life of current residents, and encourage new residents and businesses to come here too. This will drive up the prosperity of the area.

The Pathfinder is playing an importnat role in the Oldham and Rochdale Economic and Skills Alliance. Alongside HMR funding, both boroughs will benefit from substantial investment through Building Schools for the Future, redevelopment in several town centres, the extension of Metrolink trams and an expansion of further and higher education.

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