Councillor calls for road revamp to be extended

Potholes in street at Fairy Street, Hetton.
Potholes in street at Fairy Street, Hetton.
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A COUNCILLOR wants to see all unadopted roads in Hetton brought up to scratch following the decision to spend £900,000 regenerating three of the town’s streets.

As reported in Wednesday’s Echo, cabinet members at Sunderland City Council were due to vote on a report to include Fairy Street, Edward Street and Caroline Street in works within the Hetton Downs renewal area.

Independent councillor for Copt Hill Colin Wakefield

Independent councillor for Copt Hill Colin Wakefield

Those plans were formally endorsed, and the scheme will cost £939,000.

The report that was agreed states the £300,000 resurfacing of Fairy Street “may create a risk of it setting a precedent for other areas with unadopted roads”.

Independent councillor Colin Wakefield was at the meeting. He said: “At long last, the great news is that Fairy Street is to be resurfaced.

“I first took up this issue when elected in 2003, along with all the other unmade roads across the Houghton and Hetton area.

“I’m worried that the report suggests it’s a one-off. I certainly hope that is not the case and will help and support residents as much as possible to bring this about.

“We expect Sunderland City Council to bring all unmade roads up to 2014 standard, and I will press for that as we have for a number of years.”

As previously reported, Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson also took up the issue a year ago.

The money for the project will now be set aside from the council’s capital programme. The sum includes £589,000 to buy and refurbish 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.

The report states: “The approval of a package of measures in Fairy, Edward and Caroline Streets, particularly the acquisition of properties and bringing the road to an adoptable standard, will support the council to meet its aims for the renewal of the Hetton Downs area within available capital resources.”