Recently, I joined colleagues at the YMCA Black Country Group’s new Cleveland Road development in my constituency for a service of blessing.

The former bus depot site will be transformed in to a mixed-use scheme, consisting of 74 apartments and 18 houses to be offered for sale. There is also a YMCA building including retail space, a training and office area, plus a day nursery. It will offer day care and education for up to 120 children aged from birth to five years, plus accommodation for young people working and studying in the city.

Homes England has made the development possible by buying the site and carrying out extensive works, including the demolition of the former bus depot, to make way for new homes close to the Metro system and the city centre.

At the service of blessing, we were joined by The Bishop of Lichfield – Bishop Michael Ipgrave who led the service, which also included prayers from ministry leaders from across the city.

It was a time for those at the YMCA to bless the site and give thanks for the opportunity that the site will provide the local area.

I’d like to thank the City Council and Homes England for making this £21M development become a reality. I look forward to seeing the project develop.

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