THE final tenants are being moved out of Hebburn town centre ahead of the launch of a £12m regeneration scheme.
People from outdated housing blocks have been found new homes as work continues on the Hebburn hub project.
The hub will include everything from a new library and swimming pool to a learning centre and new community facilities.
Hebburn North councillors this week visited Rose Court, one of the final blocks to be flattened, with demolition work due to start next month.
Coun Richard Porthouse, chairman of Hebburn community area forum, said: “I am so pleased the remaining residents finally found suitable new homes they will hopefully enjoy.
“We can now look forward to the remaining maisonettes being demolished, once contracts have been signed, then moving on with the new Hebburn hub.
“Hebburn has waited a long time for some development in the town centre and this top-class facility will be the start.” The hub scheme, due to be granted planning permission on Monday, follows growing frustration in the town over the years about the run-down state of the shopping centre area.
Joint development talks between South Tyneside Council and retail giants Asda and Tesco both collapsed, forcing councillors to look at alternative ways of improving outmoded Hebburn town centre.
Coun Mary Butler said: “We would like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding during the demolition process.
“We are now rolling forward to the building of the new hub, and with it the regeneration of the town centre.”
Coun Ian Harkus said: “Thanks must go to the officers of South Tyneside Homes for the sterling work that was put into helping the residents with relocating to their new homes.
“Moving is stressful at the best of times.”