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Fence will help tackle anti-social behaviour

IMPROVED SECURITY ... Coun Linda Hemmer, right, and Coun Steve Harrison, second right, with former members of Hedworth Residents Association, from left, Alison Lewis, and Betty and Lance Price, at the new fencing in Fellgate Avenue.

IMPROVED SECURITY ... Coun Linda Hemmer, right, and Coun Steve Harrison, second right, with former members of Hedworth Residents Association, from left, Alison Lewis, and Betty and Lance Price, at the new fencing in Fellgate Avenue.

ANTIsocial behaviour has been fenced out – thanks to a £10,000 scheme on a South Tyneside estate.

For years, residents in Fellgate Avenue, Hedworth, Jarrow, experienced problems with youths sitting on their garden walls.

This sparked problems with litter, noise and even saw fires started in residents’ gardens.

But residents joined forces with housing bosses to fund a metal fencing scheme, to tackle problems with youths and boost the overall appearance of the estate.

Coun Linda Hemmer, who represents Fellgate and Hedworth ward, said: “There were often complaints about youths sitting on the walls, stretching back many years.

“There were problems with litter, youths pouring stuff over the garden walls and even starting fires. But after the Hedworth Residents’ Association was dissolved a few years ago, it was decided to give £5,000 left over in the kitty to pay for the wall scheme.

“Now all three blocks of flats, facing the shops in Fellgate Avenue, have metal fences on top of the garden walls, which will help prevent youths gathering around people’s homes.

“Local residents seem very pleased with the work.”

The fencing scheme was funded by £5,000 from the disbanded residents’ group and £5,000 match-funding from South Tyneside Homes’ sustainable estates budget.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Homes said: “The new fencing scheme in Fellgate Avenue in Jarrow is aimed to improve security for residents in the area, and to enhance the overall aesthetics of the estate.”

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