WORK to bring run-down streets in Hetton up to scratch has finally begun after a lengthy campaign by residents and the town’s MP.
Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson visited Fairy Street with Hetton resident Mary Turton to see construction start.
As previously reported, Sunderland City Council has agreed to spend £939,000 to improve the conditions in Fairy Street, along with neighbouring Caroline Street and Edward Street.
In their September meeting, cabinet members agreed to allocate money from the council’s capital programme to revamp the streets, within the Hetton Downs renewal area.
The scheme includes spending £300,000 on resurfacing Fairy Street, while £589,000 will be spent on buying and refurbishing a number of empty and privately-rented properties on all three streets, and £50,000 to draw up empty-dwelling management orders so this can happen.
“I have been in regular contact with the City Council and have been pressing them to take action on the state of Fairy Street and Edward Street,” Ms Phillipson said. “Local residents had expressed their concerns to me about the high number of empty properties, the crumbling road surface and anti-social behaviour issues.
“The City Council subsequently agreed to have a formal consultation on the situation and I am pleased to say that it was agreed to implement a package of measures totalling over £900,000 to improve conditions.
“I’ve come to Fairy Street this morning to see the start of the work which I hope will see a great improvement in the living conditions of my constituents in the area.”