Demolition work well underway

Demolition work under way at Perth Street . Picture by FRANK REID
Demolition work under way at Perth Street . Picture by FRANK REID

REGENERATION chiefs say work to demolish houses in several streets is “progressing well” as part of a major £9m scheme.

Hartlepool Borough Council is working in partnership with Keepmoat Homes, the Homes and Communities Agency and Housing Hartlepool to re-develop several streets of older terraced homes off Raby Road.

Demolition work underway at Perth Street

Demolition work underway at Perth Street

A total of 199 houses in Perth Street, Hurworth Street, Grainger Street, Gray Street, Turnbull Street and Raby Road are being knocked down and replaced with 83 new high-quality family homes.

Housing chiefs say that figure will include 15 affordable homes managed by Endeavour Housing.

Several houses in Gray Street have already been knocked down and work is now underway in adjacent Perth Street.

Demolition work is due to finish in April after which building work on the new homes – a mix of two, three and four-bedroomed houses and bungalows – will begin.

A council spokesman said: “The demolition work is progressing very well.

“The houses in Gray Street have all been demolished and demolition is now underway in Perth Street, to be followed shortly by Hurworth Street, Grainger Street, Turnbull Street and some properties in Raby Road.

“We expect all the demolition work to be completed by this April, following which Keepmoat Homes will start work straight away on building a total of 83 new high-quality family homes on the sites, including 15 affordable homes which will be managed by Endeavour Housing.”

The demolition work which is being carried out by Keepmoat Homes and funded by Hartlepool Borough Council, started in November last year.

Speaking when the work started, Mayor Drummond said he was “confident” the re-development scheme would revive the area adding: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners for their on-going support.

“I’d also like to thank everyone for their patience.”

The old Rovers Quoit Club – which has already been re-located to the extensively refurbished former Iona Social Club in Easington Road – is also due to be demolished.

The scheme is part of the North Central Hartlepool Masterplan which also includes the Headway site, just a few hundred yards away which was also a run-down area of terraced housing before being transformed into a new housing estate.

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