In January, St John’s Church in Rosmead Street was reopened as a community centre after a £660,000 refurbishment.

February: The £ 1 million Expressive Arts Centre next to the Freedom Centre was opened. The facility, part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, was planned as a home for the Preston Road Amateur Dramatics Association (PRADA).

April: 1 08 new homes on Ellerby Grove ere completed, in the first phase of new housing on the Estate by Gateway.

In September, the Expressive Arts Centre won the community benefit category in the Pro Yorkshire Awards 2008 from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

December: 78 properties on Preston Road and Skerne, Rudston and Mappleton Groves were demolished.

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