Outdated South Shields flats set to be demolished

COMING DOWN ... the flats in Farding Square, Marsden, will soon be demolished.
COMING DOWN ... the flats in Farding Square, Marsden, will soon be demolished.

only a handful of tenants remain in outdated blocks of flats as the scheduled date of their demolition draws nearer.

Negotiations to find alternative accommodation for the last remaining residents of Marsden’s Farding Square are said to be nearing completion.

I was discussing with one lady what she wanted and her priority is staying in the area, because it is a lovely place to live.

Coun Joyce Welsh

The six low-rise blocks are to be bulldozed to make way for new family homes.

A visit to the flats complex was one of the first duties performed this week by Whitburn and Marsden’s newest councillor.

Coun Joyce Welsh, winner of the ward seat contested at this month’s local elections, said: “Everything is moving along nicely, and there are very few people left.

“I was discussing with one lady what she wanted and her priority is staying in the area, because it is a lovely place to live.

“I have wonderful memories of Marsden as a child. It’s where my nana and granda lived, and I remember playing fives and threes with my dad in the Marsden Inn.

“The majority of the residents in Farding Square will have a good chance of getting what they want.”

The doomed development’s 72 two and three-bedroom flats were built in the 1950s and would have needed about £7m spending on them to bring them up to modern standards.

One of the blocks is now empty, and its demolition is scheduled to begin within weeks.