BULLDOZERS are moving in on an eyesore street.
Demolition has begun on the long-derelict Salem Street in Hendon,
Part of the street owned by neighbourhood charity Back on the Map (BotM) and Tees Valley Housing will be demolished over the next six weeks.
Now the former development agency wants residents’ ideas for the site and nearby empty land in Harrogate Street and Amberley Street, which it owns, along with the housing company and the Home Group.
People are invited to share their views at a family fun day in Harrogate Street on Wednesday, July 25.
The Hendon Together event will also mark the launch of two Neighbourhood Agreements for Middle Hendon and the East End. The agreements are a voluntary deal between residents and organisations to improve an area.
Taking part in the two pilot schemes are residents of Middle Hendon and the East End, Tyne & Wear Fire Service, BotM, Gentoo, Sunderland City Council, Home, Northumbria Police and Tees Valley Housing.
Running alongside the Neighbourhood Agreements are Resident Action Groups which are groups of neighbours who care about the area, meet regularly and can carry out activities such as street clean-up or creating a community garden
BotM director Jen McKevitt said: “Since April 2011 we have established an independent, self-sustaining charity and trading company focused wholly on these objectives.
“It will also be an opportunity to see, first-hand, how residents feel about the area and gain support for resident-led developments such as a community garden, informal play, seating, dog waste, litter bins on what is a completely unused site.”
Sunderland’s Mayor and Mayoress, Councillors Ian Kay and Barbara McClennan will also be at the event, which takes place from 1pm to 4pm.
Pupils from Hendon have also taken part in a competition to design their perfect play space, and the winners will receive a prize on the day.