What the children say;Social

19th February 1999 at 00:00
THE Government has allocated pound;800 million over three years to help regenerate run-down estates under the New Deal for Communities. Two children speak to Newsround Extra: Estates We're In on BBC1 this afternoon at 4.55.

Lynn Magee, 13, from the Wood End estate in Coventry, which is not part of a health or education action zone: "I don't like it that much. The gardens are covered in rubbish and there are not many people living here.

"Because I like football, it really annoyed me when they took the football posts down. I knew it was these big kids because my brother saw them do it.

"This old lady, because she is a widow, it took her 17 years to sort all of her house and gardens out. And people came round and took all the flowers out.

"They took the big tree out in the middle and they smashed all the windows, and it gave her a heart attack."

Lee Martin, 12, from Wester Hailes: "My mum's lived here since she was my age. And she's told me all these stories about Wester Hailes and how it used to be. There used to be loads of drug-dealers about the streets but now it's a really nice place.

"They've knocked down high-rise flats. There's low-rise houses now and they've changed old flats and refurbished them.

"Every one (in one area) had to be evacuated because they were infested with rats. They were dirty. My favourite thing is the ABC cinema."

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