A NEW housing scheme is providing a shelter from the storm for residents in Jarrow.
Dozens of residents in the Bede ward of the town are benefiting from new door canopies fitted to the front of their homes.
Around 75 council properties on the Scotch Estate, the Lakes Estate and in west Simonside have had canopies fitted, thanks to £32,000 of funding from Jarrow and Boldon community area forum.
The white door canopies – provided in addition to Decent Homes improvements in the area – have been welcomed by Bede ward councillors Fay Cunningham, Arthur Meeks and Margaret Peacock.
Coun Meeks said: “We’re really pleased with the quality of the work.
“The canopies look great and have really helped to transform the doorways.
“They definitely give a more attractive finish, making the homes much more inviting, not to mention offering residents some protection from the elements, and needing less maintenance than the old concrete canopies.
“Fitting these additional features to properties is just one of the ways we are working with South Tyneside Homes to help improve the look of our estates, and they are proving really popular with residents.”
The canopies are manufactured by a local firm, Templetown Canopies Ltd, of South Shields.
Its managing director, Jimmy Burnett, said: “We were delighted to be part of this project.
“The canopies are lightweight, very easy to maintain and provide a great finish to the front of the houses. We’re really pleased with the response we’ve had from people.”
It is hoped the scheme will be rolled out to more properties in the area over the coming year.