A ROW of shops on a South Tyneside estate has had a makeover worth more than £6,000.
The shops in Quarry Lane in Cleadon Park, South Shields, have been given a new look for the new year.
Pavements outside the businesses have already been spruced up thanks to a £1,308 grant, supplied by the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum (CAF).
While new planters and fencing are next on the ‘to-do’ list, which will be covered by a £4,937 CAF boost.
Work on these are expected to start this week.
Coun Jim Foreman, the ward’s Labour representative, said: “The shops are very popular and well used by the people living around them as there’s a good selection, including a fish and chip shop and a general dealers, so it’s quite handy for residents to pop over.
“However, they were starting to look a bit run down and something needed to be done.
“Over the years people have raised concerns over how the area was looking so I think folk will be very pleased with the new look, it’s certainly an improvement.”
One of the most noticeable changes is the new block paving, which is now all one colour and a type of stone.
During the last four years, shop fronts and roofs have also been replaced and improved through various other schemes.
Coun Foreman added: “Over the years various bits had been replaced at different times, but they didn’t always match so it resembled a patchwork quilt of sorts.
“Now it looks an awful lot nicer and it makes a big difference.”
Cleadon Park isn’t the only area in East Shields to be given a mini-makeover in recent months.
Last year pavements were improved at nearby Harton Nook in Prince Edward Road, plus a number of giant plant pots were also installed along with new seats.