BLACKHEATH could be pedestrianised and get a new bus station as part of a £25million investment in the Rowley Regis area.

The proposal is on the table as one of a series of possible projects being considered to get a share of the pot of government cash.

An £11 million education and skills centre is being proposed for Cradley Heath to provide teaching and training for 16 year-olds and unemployed adults. 

Tower blocks in Rowley Regis could benefit from a £5 million energy efficiency scheme which will reduce fuel poverty by replacing outdated heating systems while training youngsters new job skills.

Under plans Blackheath could benefit from the pedestrianisation of its town centre and the creation of new bus station. 

The massive cash boost is part of a government-funded scheme to spend £75million in total on towns in Sandwell - with £25 million each for Rowley Regis, West Bromwich and Smethwick.

The regeneration schemes are part of the Towns Fund which sees cash being spent on new homes, improved transport links and major projects to rejuvenate local communities.  

The shortlisted schemes have been submitted to a council ‘superboard' which will now choose which projects go to the government for final approval.

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Cradley Heath councillor Ann Shackleton said she welcomed news that the area could get an eduction centre.

She said a workshop was due to be held soon on the proposed plans.

Cllr Shackleton said: "A lot of local people have questioned the siting of it, although they recognise the need in the town for an education and skills centre, there needs to be further discussion, but I do welcome the proposal."