Work almost complete on decade-long £90million revamp of South Shields estate

Councillors Jim Foreman and Alex Donaldson on the site of the former Park Avenue shops
Councillors Jim Foreman and Alex Donaldson on the site of the former Park Avenue shops

THE end is almost nigh for a regeneration scheme on a South Shields estate.

For more than a decade Cleadon Park has been undergoing a £90m regeneration to transform the area which saw 538 houses being demolished.

It will be a great day, as for more than a decade now Cleadon Park has been undergoing changes.

Coun Jim Foreman

By completion, more than 750 properties, which are a mix of social and private housing, will have been created in a partnership consisting of South Tyneside Council, NomadE5 and Bellway Homes.

Ward Coun Jim Forman says he is delighted that work is about to start on one of the final apartment blocks, which will be built on the old Park Avenue shops site.

He said: “This area has been transformed, and if all goes well then all of the regeneration is expected to be completed next year, which is fantastic news.

“It will be a great day, as for more than a decade now Cleadon Park has been undergoing changes.”

Coun Foreman hopes that a new community, made up of South Tyneside Homes tenants, private owners and Isos Housing tenants will be formed.

He said: “I’d like to see everyone coming together so we can forge a real community spirit and celebrate the end of this impressive redevelopment.

“Work is about to start on one of the final builds, and the finishing line is in sight.”