Bulldozers move in on Sunderland street to make way for better future

Demolition of Salem Street in Hendon.

Demolition of Salem Street in Hendon.

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WORK is under way on a £200,000 scheme to redevelop parts of Hendon.

Twenty-two properties are being demolished in Salem Street. Owners Tees Valley Housing and charity Back on the Map have started work to raze the houses which have been an eyesore for many years.

The demolition, which is expected to take six weeks, marks the next phase of regeneration and clears the site for development work.

Doug Ross, managing director of Tees Valley Housing, said: “These demolitions will remove a number of properties that are in a poor condition, as well as clearing a vital site for development.

“We are committed to creating sustainable communities and this will give the area an instant facelift.”

The destruction has already seen a number of properties cleared on nearby Amberley and Harrogate Streets. A number of houses will be demolished on Salem Street South at a later date.

Jen McKevitt, director of Back on the Map, said: “The demolition of the run down properties represents a significant step forward in making Hendon a better place. 

A handful of residents still living in the properties have been relocated in areas they chose.

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