Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Residents surveyed on housing site

RESIDENTS of Whickham, Gateshead, have been asked for their views about the future of a garage site which is on a main road leading into the village.

The Whickham Motor Company site has been unoccupied for some time and now developers McCarthy and Stone have expressed an interest in using the site for housing for older people.

The company put their initial proposals on display in Whickham for residents to view on 16th October.

Local councillors Mary Wallace and Peter Craig are keen to encourage residents to give their views about the use of the site. So over the weekend they carried out a survey of residents living nearby.

Councillor Wallace said, “We felt it important that residents had the chance to tell us about the sort of development they would like to see there.

“Clearly the site cannot be left as it is as it will just deteriorate if left unused. This is a very prominent site in the village, near the top of Whickham Bank. So it is important that we have a quality development, in character with the area that people living nearby find acceptable.”

The replies received over the weekend are currently being analysed by Councillor Wallace.

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