FED-up residents have been given a helping hand to score a winning goal against footballers.
People living in Whistler Gardens, Whiteleas, South Shields, have raised concerns about spectators sitting on their garden walls while watching football on nearby Temple Park playing fields.
Now, in response to complaints, railings are being fitted to garden walls in a bid to alleviate the problem.
The work, which has already started, is being made possible after local Couns Bill Brady, Doreen Purvis and Ernest Gibson joined forces with South Tyneside Homes.
The project, which is expected to be completed in the next two weeks, is being funded by cash from South Tyneside Homes and the West Shields Community Area Forum.
Meanwhile, concerns have also been raised over an increase in parked cars on the street during practices.
Residents say parking has become so bad that one pensioner who needed to be taken to hospital had to be wheeled down the street by paramedics, in freezing temperatures, after the ambulance was unable to get near her home.
Coun Gibson said: “The issue of parking will take a lot longer to resolve, but it is one we will address.
“Work on the railings, however, has been able to start much more quickly and it is anticipated work will be completed in the next few weeks.
“As councillors, we are committed to listening to the concerns of residents of Whiteleas and taking action to address those concerns where we can,”