Work to revamp ageing properties on a South Tyneside estate finally got under way this week.
Forty-three prefabricated homes in Eskdale Drive on the Lakes Estate, in Jarrow, are to be overhauled as part of the Decent Homes Programme.
Residents in the street have long campaigned for the work to start.
Now their homes are to be fitted with new kitchens and bathrooms, heating systems, re-wiring, doors and windows, in addition to new roofs and internal insulation.
Coun Ed Malcolm, chairman of South Tyneside Homes’ board, said: “Delivering better homes for our residents is at the very heart of the council’s priorities.
“I am delighted to see the start of this work which will give tenants homes they can really be proud of.”
To date more than £266m has been invested in the Decent Homes programme, improving the living conditions of people across the borough.
A further £60m is due to be invested in order to complete the programme by December 2016.