Outdated South Shields flats make way for new family homes

Councillors Tracey Dixon, Ed Malcolm and Allan West, with project manager Paul Quinn, at Farding Square.
Councillors Tracey Dixon, Ed Malcolm and Allan West, with project manager Paul Quinn, at Farding Square.

Rubble is being turned into regeneration as demolition work on a block of outdated South Tyneside flats continues to gather pace.

The six low-rise blocks at Farding Square, in Marsden, South Shields, are being torn down to make way for a new development of modern, family homes.

We are looking forward to seeing much-needed new family homes being built in their place.

Coun Tracey Sixon

Three of the blocks have already been knocked down as council chiefs lay foundations for a brighter future.

The previous tenants of the run-down post-war properties have already been relocated, with demolition work due to be finished by the middle of next month.

Councillor Allan West, lead member for housing and transport, said: “We are making good progress on this scheme and that’s largely due to the co-operation of tenants who have all re-located to properties close by, allowing the demolition to get under way in a timely fashion.

“I’d like to thank everyone for working with us on this scheme, which will bring attractive, modern housing to this popular area.”

Councillor Ed Malcolm, board chairman at South Tyneside Homes, said: “These flats, which were built in the 1950s, have come to the end of their life. In their place will come modern, quality homes which will meet the needs of modern lifestyles.”

Contractor Owen Pugh says it will continue to work to keep noise, dust and disruption to a minimum.

Speaking on behalf of the three ward councillors, Councillor Tracey Dixon, said: “I know local residents are pleased with the way work is progressing on demolishing these flats and are looking forward to seeing much-needed new family homes being built in their place.