A RADICAL revamp of a trouble hotspot has been given the go-ahead after years of antisocial behaviour.
The mineral line in Eden Vale, Sunderland, has been a constant source of aggravation to people living nearby as over the years it has become a favourite meeting spot for youths.
But the new plans, estimated to cost £21,000, will see a makeover of the area, which is hoped will make it less attractive as a gathering point.
Stretches of the wall will be removed near to Eden House Road and Beachville Street and the footpath will be moved back from its current location near the buildings on Durham Road.
The gradient will be made steeper and the path made 1.5 metres lower, preventing gangs from seeing into the houses.
Rob Kennedy, secretary of the Eden Vale Residents’ Association, said: “As residents we welcome anything that will reduce the antisocial behaviour that goes on there.”
At the meeting where the decision was taken the full removal of the mineral line was considered, but at a cost of £360,000 it did not receive support from the council committee.
Barnes councillor Tony Morrissey said: “I welcome this new effort as an important first step in improving the lives of local residents.
“I hope that between this scheme and the considerable ongoing efforts of the police and youth workers in the vicinity the antisocial behaviour that has plagued residents will be much reduced if not eliminated.
“What we need now is to get the job out to tender and completed as soon as possible and monitor how it works in practice.”
Councillor Peter Gibson, chairman of the West Area Committee, said: “We have been working closely with residents, the police and community partners to look at ways of addressing problems of antisocial behaviour on the mineral line at Eden Vale.”
He added: “These changes will reduce the attraction of the area as a gathering point, restrict the number of people able to congregate there and, taken with increased policing and youth provision, will help reduce antisocial behaviour and noise levels.
“The work will be funded through the West Area Committee’s Strategic Investment Plan.”