Time capsule marks revamp of homes

Students from Morpeth Road Primary Academy and Coun Susan Davey with the time capsule supplied by Galliford Try.
Students from Morpeth Road Primary Academy and Coun Susan Davey with the time capsule supplied by Galliford Try.

The completion of a multi-million pound regeneration scheme has been marked with the burial of a time capsule.

Hodgsons Road in Blyth has had a makeover to the tune of £7.3m, which has seen 54 houses demolished and rebuilt, and improvements to a further 259 properties on the estate.

And to mark the end of the works, youngsters from Morpeth Road Primary Academy and local ward member, Coun Susan Davey, buried a time capsule containing photos of the estate past and present, site plans, contributions from residents and artwork by local children.

The children also produced a digital presentation about their work, which guests found out more about at the celebration event.

The regeneration scheme is part of Northumberland County Council’s affordable homes programme and is the first large scale council housing development in the town for 25 years.

Coun Allan Hepple, Northumberland County Council’s policy board member for planning, housing and regeneration, said: “It is great to see the completion of this housing regeneration scheme.

“The estate looks great and I hope that now that all the work is complete the residents will enjoy their new and refurbished homes.

“The new homes are the first of almost 400 council homes we will be building by 2016, so that we can see more families who have been on the housing list gain access to the homes they need.”

Both the regeneration scheme and the affordable homes are managed by Homes for Northumberland.

Managing director of Homes for Northumberland, Kevin Lowry, said: “We continuously strive to improve the lives of our tenants, and it is really good to see the difference the financial investment and hard work has made to the estate.

“We hope to provide our tenants with a sense of community pride as well as a home, and we will continue to work with residents to make sure they live in an estate they can feel proud of.”

The Hodgsons Road development has been partially funded by a £846,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Two further affordable housing sites are currently being developed in Blyth, at Tynedale Drive and South Newsham, which will between them provide a further 126 brand new homes.