Work to rejuvenate estate nears completion

Northumberland County councillor and ward member Deidre Campbell  and Gordon Webb, chair of the councils housing working group, at the Oval in Blyth. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.
Northumberland County councillor and ward member Deidre Campbell and Gordon Webb, chair of the councils housing working group, at the Oval in Blyth. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.
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A near £3million scheme to rejuvenate a Blyth estate is nearing completion.

More than 350 homes in The Oval area of Newsham and New Delaval have had their garden walls replaced, footpaths relaid with flexi-paving and new streetlights installed.

The properties have also been re-rendered and new guttering and fascias fitted as part of the £2.9million scheme by Northumberland County Council.

Roads in the estate will also be resurfaced and a front canopy placed on a number of properties.

The majority of the homes in the estate are managed by Homes for Northumberland, the council’s housing management team, alongside a number of owner-occupiers.

Northumberland County councillor and ward member Deidre Campbell said: “It’s fantastic to see the project almost at completion. The transformation of the estate is wonderful, and tenants I have spoken to are really happy with the work.

“The estate was looking old and tired but this work has given it a new lease of life.

“If an area looks good, it makes you feel better about the place.”

Gordon Webb, chairman of the council’s housing working group, added: “There were some issues with anti-social behaviour in this area, but hopefully the community will now take more pride in the estate.”

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member for housing, said: “This major investment is part of our ongoing commitment to improving the lives of our tenants.”

“We hope that there will be a positive impact, not only to their community, but to the area as a whole.

“As a council we ensure that all our homes meet the Decent Homes standard. Improving the appearance of our estates is a natural progression of this work.”

The work is expected to be completed by the end of March.