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Regeneration Scheme Having Positive Impact
A £90million project to regenerate a South Tyneside estate is having a positive impact on residents' views of the area, a study has revealed.
The study gathered people's views on the regeneration of the Cleadon Park estate and compared them with views expressed in a similar study in 2006.
During that time, the proportion of residents who are satisfied with the area as a place to live has gone up from 52 per cent to 78 per cent.
The study also found that people feel safer around the estate, concerns about anti-social behaviour have significantly reduced and satisfaction with local facilities has increased.
Councillor Michael Clare, Lead Member Regeneration, Economic Growth and Jobs, said: "This is a massive project and the purpose of this study is to measure the impact the regeneration work is making to people's lives. Views have been sought from new residents, former residents and of course residents who have lived on the estate for years.
"Overall, the study shows that the regeneration is having a positive effect. The project has been complemented by the new £17.5million Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre. The centre houses health and council services, including a library, under one roof and local people are benefiting from having these facilities on their doorstep.
"We know there is still work to do and we will be using the findings of the study to inform future work on the estate."
The Cleadon Park regeneration project is being carried out by South Tyneside Council in partnership with Isos Housing Group and Bellway Homes.
Over 500 properties have been demolished and of the 707 new properties planned as part of the scheme, over 400 have been built to date.
The project has won a number of awards and phase five is set to get under way this year.
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