BARRY is to get £1 million of Welsh Government-funded regeneration funding following its unsuccessful bid for a share of £15.1 million.

Welsh Government housing and regeneration minister, Carl Sargeant has announced a further £2 million to top the £5m already allocated to unsuccessful authorities bidding to help deprived areas in Wales.

The funding is part of the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Tackling Poverty scheme.

Seven local authorities will each receive £1 million – including Barry.

Carl Sargeant AM said: “The Welsh Government is committed to tackling poverty and making a real difference to the lives of people across Wales. Each of the seven local authorities will receive £1 million each and I want to see this used to contribute to the regeneration efforts in these areas with the aim of creating more jobs and training opportunities.”

Vale Council cabinet member for regeneration and planning, Cllr Lis Burnett said: “I am really pleased to hear the news. Funding will be used to take forward one of the projects within the original regeneration bid.

“Which one is still to be decided as there are WG criteria for the use of the money. We will be meeting them soon to agree a way forward.”