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Homes plan welcomed.

WELL, this could, at last, be the long-awaited light at the end of a very long dark tunnel for the residents of 'forgotten' Gresham' near Middlesbrough town centre. (The Gazette - Plan for 179 New Homes 29.08.19).

Independent Mayor, Andy Preston has presented his vision for ambitious housing plans that will allow Thirteen and North Star Housing Associations to build new affordable properties hopefully to buy and rent.

Mayor Preston said his ambition is to attract another 4,000 people to live in town-centre accommodation over the next 10 years.

As a former resident of Gresham for 24 years and Gresham councillor for 16, I am delighted that at last Andy Preston has put forward a realistic proposal to redevelop the Gresham area working with Thirteen and North Star Housing Associations.

It is also good to see that Teesside University also has plans to build a 'student village' in Gresham, which will include amenities for hundreds of students.

I believe as the then Gresham ward councillor I have been vindicated for publicly opposing former Mayor, Ray Mallon's illfated proposals without Government funding guarantees 16 years ago to demolish up to 2,000 homes which most residents vehemently opposed. It is also ironic that the Labour Party North-east 'back then' - supported Ray Mallon's proposals and kicked me out of the party for publicly challenging his ill-fated destruction of a fantastic and proud diverse community.

KEN WALKER, Acklam

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Date:Aug 29, 2019
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