Flats blighted by anti-social behaviour are torn down

(left to right): Jason O'Hara, site manager, Kier North Tyneside; Mayor Norma Redfearn; Phil Hundrup, contracts manager, Kier North Tyneside.
(left to right): Jason O'Hara, site manager, Kier North Tyneside; Mayor Norma Redfearn; Phil Hundrup, contracts manager, Kier North Tyneside.

A block of flats blighted by anti-social behaviour is being demolished.

Machinery has moved in to pull down a block of flats in the Rosehill area of Howdon.

The demolition of the three-storey building is part of North Tyneside Council’s Rosehill Neighbourhood Regeneration Scheme.

The work follows countless complaints from nearby residents of anti-social behaviour by some of the people living in the flats.

Council officials, together with Northumberland Police, made countless visits to try and tackle the problem.

After the problems continued, the council purchased the 18 privately-owned flats on Helmsley Drive.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted we have been able to progress this work in Rosehill for the benefit of residents living nearby.

“They should be able to enjoy peace and quiet in their homes and their neighbourhood, and not have to suffer as a result of the behaviour of others.

“I would like to thank the ward councillors and those living in the area, especially the members of the Rosehill Regeneration Multi Agency Group, for their patience and tolerance.

“It has taken a long time to get to this point because of very complex ownership issues.”

The flats within the block were owned by different landlords, some of whom lived as far away as London, while the land the block stood on was originally owned by another party before the council stepped in to purchase it.

The demolition and clearance of the site is expected to take four weeks.

The work is being undertaken by Kier North Tyneside.

The regeneration scheme in the area has also seen new homes built on the site of the former Northumberland Arms pubic house following a redevelopment project by Gleeson Homes.