Gates plan to beat Sunderland yobs

Planning for gates across this entrance to back Drury Lane, Sunderland are ( left to right) Joanne Tench of Back on the Map, residents Tanya Ambler, Dot Sopp, Debra Stephenson and Alex Jobling of Gentoo.

Planning for gates across this entrance to back Drury Lane, Sunderland are ( left to right) Joanne Tench of Back on the Map, residents Tanya Ambler, Dot Sopp, Debra Stephenson and Alex Jobling of Gentoo.

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YOBS are to be banished under plans to fit gates to streets in Sunderland’s East End.

Residents of three streets running off High Street East are fed up of antisocial behaviour outside their windows.

So charity Back on the Map is helping them find funding to bring back gated streets.

Older people living in Mauds Lane, Drury Lane and Cork Street remembered the streets being fitted with metal gates.

But they were removed during the Second World War and never replaced.

Now newly-formed The Lanes residents’ group aims to bring the gates back in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Neighbours Tanya Ambler, Dot Sopp and Debra Stevenson all live in Drury Lane.

Chairman Dot, 60, said: “There’s dog fouling, people use it as a short cut, there’s wheelbarrow pinching.

“You can’t leave anything outside as that gets pinched.”

Mother-of-one Tanya, 36, added: “It mostly kicks off in the summer when they’re out drinking.

“We’d like to see gates on and get it all tidied up, with all the weeds pulled up.”

Gentoo neighbourhood housing manager Alex Jobling has been working with the residents’ group.

He said: “It gives them a voice and that is what Gentoo and BotM wanted to do.

“The residents live here and have an opinion and it gives them a reason to be proud as well.”

BotM neighbourhood operations manager Joanne Tench found out about the problem after speaking to members of the community.

She said: “Back on the Map is working with residents across Hendon to build a stronger community by listening to what residents say are the priorities for their neighbourhoods, giving them opportunities to influence local decisions and be part of improving things.

“Residents have an important role to play in shaping and improving their area. That’s why we are working with them to set up Resident Action Groups.

“The Lanes Residents Action Group is a great example of residents coming out, getting involved, addressing their issues and making a difference.”

It is estimated the gates would cost around £6,000 per lane.

The group is hoping to attract Lottery funding, once planning permission has been cleared.

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