‘Forgotten’ Jarrow estate gets a make-over at last

Coun Lee Hughes on the Lakes Estate, where Decent Homes work has already started.
Coun Lee Hughes on the Lakes Estate, where Decent Homes work has already started.
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PEOPLE living on South Tyneside’s “forgotten estate” have reason to celebrate at last with work to revamp their homes soon to begin.

Council tenants on the Scotch Estate in Jarrow have long demanded that their non-traditional, former prefabricated properties are included in the borough-wide Decent Homes programme.

Hopefully, this news will put the smile back on the residents’ faces. They have waited a long time for this.

Coun Lee Hughes, Bede ward

Some have petitioned South Tyneside Council for action, after claims of “broken promises” over the years.

Now properties in Stirling Avenue, Moffatt Avenue and Dumfries Crescent are to have a range of work carried out from September this year, with completion due before the end of 2016.

Works by the contractor Keepmoat will include full external insulation, window and door replacements, electrical rewiring and new bathrooms and kitchens.

The revamp is so extensive some residents will need to be decanted from their properties when it is carried out.

Members of Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum will receive a report on the progress of the work when they meet on Thursday.

Independent Bede councillor Lee Hughes said the work was “long overdue”, adding: “Hopefully, this news will put the smile back on the residents’ faces. Work has already started on the town’s Lakes Estate and work on the Scotch Estate will begin in September. They have waited a long time for this.”

In a report to the committee, Chris Noble, Decent Homes manager for South Tyneside Homes, says: “Due to the extent of this work and the changes being made to the external appearance of the houses, this has required full planning approval from the council prior to any work commencing on site.

“Obtaining planning permission is a lengthy process that has taken several months and has required a full public consultation as part of the process. Due to the extent of the work required to the homes some tenants, due to their vulnerability, may need to be decanted from their homes into temporary homes for the period of the work. Our customer liaison team has been visiting all tenants to find out their full needs. However, there are some properties where we still need to get access.

“We will be holding regular meetings with tenants during the length of this project.”

Members of Jarrow and Boldon Community Forum are to meet at Jarrow Town Hall from 10am on Thursday.