Apprentices pitch in to create new pathway for South Shields residents

Councillors Jim Foreman and Alex Donaldson join South Tyneside Homes apprentice's James Riley, Jack Lamb and Danny Lydon put in a path to the Park Avene car park
Councillors Jim Foreman and Alex Donaldson join South Tyneside Homes apprentice's James Riley, Jack Lamb and Danny Lydon put in a path to the Park Avene car park

YOUNG apprentices are paving the way for residents in South Shields.

A new path is being built to access the recently-reinstated car park off Sunderland Road, in Cleadon Park.

This will enable residents and visitors to use the site from both the Park Avenue and Redwood Avenue entrances.

The work is being carried out by a number of South Tyneside Homes apprentices.

Coun Alex Donaldson, the ward’s Labour representative, said: “Work has started on the creation of a new pathway to access the car park.

“What I am particularly pleased about is the number of young apprentices who are involved with this work. It’s wonderful to see young fresh blood learning skills which enrich their lives.”

Work began on resorting the car park in November, after the site had been grassed over by housing developer Bellway, who had demolished the nearby shops in 2012 to make way for 34 apartments, as part of the estate’s £90m regeneration project.

However, many visitors to the apartments and nearby Cleadon Recreation Park, struggled to find a space to park vehicles, and the road often became congested.

Bellway agreed to recreate the car park with 18 spaces.

Coun Donaldson said: “This car park is much better, the spaces have clearer markings.”

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