No sitting on fence over rowdy youths in Jarrow

Coun Linda Hemmer with new fencing being put in place behind Fieldway, Hedworth.
Coun Linda Hemmer with new fencing being put in place behind Fieldway, Hedworth.

PEOPLE on a South Tyneside estate should be feeling safe as houses after rowdy youths were “fenced out”.

People living at Fieldway, on the Hedworth Estate in Jarrow, have complained about youngsters congregating close to their homes beside the Fellgate Avenue shops.

This has been an issue which dates back more than two years with complaints from residents about kids congregating there and sitting on the wall.

Coun Linda Hemmer

They would use a brick wall in the area as a seating area.

Now, after a consultation between Fellgate and Hedworth Ukip councillor Linda Hemmer, and representatives of South Tyneside Homes, a solution has been found.

Work has started to remove the brick wall and replace it with a concrete panel with a high wooden fence on top.

Coun Hemmer said: “This has been an issue which dates back more than two years with complaints from residents about kids congregating there and sitting on the wall.

“I had a site visit with the appropriate officer from South Tyneside Homes and now we have this solution.

“It’s thin wood and it means the youngsters can’t sit on it.

“It’s a good example of how councillors can work the appropriate agency, whether it be South Tyneside Homes or highways, to get a matter resolved.

“In truth it has been quite quiet with regard to rowdiness and noise at the shops for some time.

“This fence should ensure that continues.”

The fence is being put up at properties between number two and 20 Fieldway.

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