Plans to transform yob-magnet mineral line

Rob Kennedy, Secretary of Eden Vale residents association in Sunderland next to the neglected old mineral line which is earmarked for renovation
Rob Kennedy, Secretary of Eden Vale residents association in Sunderland next to the neglected old mineral line which is earmarked for renovation
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A HOT spot for trouble that has been blighted by drug dealing and antisocial behaviour could be in line for a makeover.

The mineral line in Eden Vale, Sunderland, has become a constant source of aggravation for the people living nearby as gangs of youths have made it a favourite spot to meet.

As a result, proposals have been discussed by Sunderland City Council which could involve a £40,000 redevelopment to “design out” the antisocial behaviour.

The plan would attempt to make the area more attractive but less appealing as a meeting point.

Rob Kennedy, secretary of the Eden Vale residents’ association, said: “I think the work is really important as the area is not well lit at all so it is very shaded.

“As a result, the kids can go up there because they cannot be seen and so it acts as a meeting point.

“We have had things like drinking and lots of noise going on and there has even been kids up there having sex and dealing drugs.

“But now we have highlighted these problems it seems something might at last be done and the council hopefully will decide to do something.”

But the plans were not initially approved by the council and have been delayed for further reports to be conducted.

Barnes councillor Tony Morrissey said: “I was disappointed by the decision to defer the decision on funding remedial work to the mineral line.

“This has been an issue for many years. It affects community relations in the area and local people are in many cases at the end of their tether.

“What they need now and want is concrete, tangible, visible action and this project will provide it.

“Hopefully, a fuller explanation of the reasoning behind it will win support in March.”

Councillor Peter Gibson, chairman of the West Area Committee, said: “Plans to redevelop the mineral line were discussed at the West Area Committee meeting and have been deferred until the next meeting pending further information.”

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