For over five years Gateshead Council has been forcibly rehousing the residents of the Clasper Village Estate on the banks of the River Tyne. The estate was built in the 1960s and within 30 years had succumbed to problems created by poor planning and woeful construction. Anti-social behaviour was rife on the estate going into the 2000s and the system built flats that comprise the estate started falling apart.
The local authority decided it would be cheaper to build decent new housing and rehouse the entire population than repair existing dwellings and combat the petty crime epidemic in the area. With only a couple of residents still resisting the Council’s approaches the whole chunk of the estate which remains sits in extremis, ready for the bulldozers to rolls in at a moment’s notice.