PRIDE in a local community is building up – thanks to a £24,000 wall scheme.
Garden walls in Queens Crescent, Hebburn, are in a poor condition, because of their age and the ravages of the recent cold winters.
Town councillors decided it was time to give the street a facelift and allocated money from the budget of Hebburn community area forum.
Now work on refurbishing the walls has started, and residents have welcomed the scheme.
Linda Sanderson, 63, who has lived in Queens Crescent for seven years, said: “The tops of the walls were starting to crumble and looked in a bit of a state.
“The really cold winters have damaged the walls and they look in a bit of a state.
“Then I got a letter from the council, saying they were going to improve the walls, which came as a lovely surprise.
“They are refurbishing the walls and will put wrought iron railings on the top, which should look good.”
Hebburn South councillors Nancy Maxwell and Eddie McAtominey pressed for cash to upgrade the walls in Queens Crescent.
Coun Maxwell said: “The walls in the street were crumbling from the top and looked in a poor state.
“We managed to allocate around £24,000 from the forum for the work, and we hope to do the other side of the street, as other residents in Queens Crescent will need their walls repaired as well.”
Most of the bungalows in Queens Crescent are occupied by pensioners, and the scheme has been widely welcomed.
Coun McAtominey said: “This scheme will give a much-needed boost to the walls and improve the general appearance of the street.”