Clearance Marks Regeneration
A SUNDERLAND estate will be given a new look when an area of rundown properties is razed to the ground.
The demolition of the houses and flats marks the next phase of regeneration in Hendon and clears the site for future development work.
Doug Ross, Managing Director of Tees Valley Housing, said: �These demolitions will remove a number of properties that are in a poor condition, as well as clearing a vital site for future development.
�We are committed to creating sustainable communties and this will give the area an instant facelift as part of the regeneration of Hendon and the wider Sunderland area.�
The properties are owned by Tees Valley Housing and Back on the Map, a charity aiming to empower residents and create stronger communities that was created from the New Deal for Communities (NDC) partnership for Hendon which delivered �54m of investment to benefit the community.
The few residents that were still living in the properties have been relocated happily in homes in areas they have chosen to live in.
The demolitions are the next part of the local regeneration of the Salem Street area, which has already seen a number of properties cleared on the adjacent Amberley and Harrogate Streets.
A number of further properties will be demolished on Salem Street South at a later date.
Jen McKevitt, Director of Back on the Map, said: �The demolition of the run down properties represents a significant step forward in making Hendon a better place.
�The partnership with Tees Valley Housing has enabled us to jointly complete the site assembly and this clearance will hopefully enable us to create a platform for new community space and, ultimately, compliment other improvements, such as transforming Hendon.�