‘Crumbling’ streets focus of plans to improve housing and beat antisocial behaviour

Coun Robert Heron and MP Bridgett Phillipson, pictured in Fairy Street, Hetton,  who are concerned about the number of empty properties in Hetton.

Coun Robert Heron and MP Bridgett Phillipson, pictured in Fairy Street, Hetton, who are concerned about the number of empty properties in Hetton.

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EYESORE streets plagued by antisocial behaviour and poor housing are to be improved under new plans.

Sunderland City Council is carrying out a study into how it can transform Fairy Street and Edward Street in Hetton. Empty properties, crumbling buildings, dilapidated roads and youth disorder have been raised as concerns.

Today Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, welcomed the study.

She said: “After speaking to residents, I visited the streets to see the conditions for myself. I’ve been in regular contact with the city council to press the case for action to address the issues that residents had raised with me.

“I welcome the council’s decision to undertake a feasibility study.

“I’m pleased that owners and tenants will be fully consulted on the study’s recommended preferred option.

“I hope that residents will see a great improvement in their living conditions and the area as a result of this.”

The study forms part of the Hetton Downs Housing Delivery Plan.

Councillor Bob Heron, who represents Copt Hill Ward, said: “The problems in Fairy Street and Edward Street have long been a concern for both residents and myself as their local councillor, and I’m pleased that the council has agreed to undertake this feasibility study.

“Hopefully, the study will lead to better conditions in these streets and will help resolve the issues residents have highlighted with me.”