Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Famous Old Tyneside Community Set for a New Look.Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Famous Old Tyneside Community Set for a New Look.Again

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Byline: Kate Proctor Local Government Reporter

ONCE known as Little Jerusalem, it's one of Tyneside's most famous old suburbs.

But Bensham, home to hundreds of Jewish families, is changing yet again.

Bulldozers have already flattened many of the rows of terraced houses whcih once dominated.

Groups fought hard to save their streets of Tyneside flats from being razed as part of redevelopment plans.

In the years since, with the demolition sites grassed over, some have come to love the wide open spaces - saying it has given them a taste of the countryside.

Others think the barren patches have attracted fly-tipping and are unsafe for children.

And now that Gateshead Council have granted planning permission for 99 new homes on Saltwell Road, with more developments at Kelvin Grove and Hyde Park in the pipeline, the spaces are changing again.

Sue Boyle, who has run the Hairways Salon on Saltwell Road for 32 years, said she has grown used to the green space over the road from her shop and wouldn't mind if it stayed.

"When the new houses go up it will be good for business but to be honest I have prefered the land being open," she said.

But her customer Margaret Storey, who lives at nearby Macadam Street, said: "It's an eyesore. The council has got to do something as it's full of everybody's litter and full of dog muck.

"When the houses go up it will be good for the shops and schools. Shopkeepers takings went right down with all the houses being pulled down."

Nirmal Singh, who has owned the chip shop overlooking Dunsmuir Grove, where homes were demolished two years ago, is delighted that more people will be returning to the area.

"Nobody lives here right now so when people come back it could be good for business," he said.

"To be honest the land here is quite nice and it's light and bright but there should be family houses and for people to come and live here again."

Michael Hogg, 30, lived on a street which was pulled down five years ago. He misses the community of his childhood and believes the houses should have been built years ago. …

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