Claire Scott’s new job has taken her back to her old stamping ground in the west end of Newcastle.
Her role with the joint venture company redeveloping Scotswood means she will watch modern new houses being built on the spot where her grandparents’ home once stood.
Delighted to be part of the team bringing investment, new homes, training and job opportunities to the area, Claire, who now lives in Shiremoor, recalls playing with friends in Pretoria Street: “I have very happy memories of Scotswood so it is great to be working on a project that will bring new life and new families to the community,” she said.
“My Grandad, Raymond Stanley, worked on the railways and Gran, Ethel, was a dinner lady at Denton School. It sounds like a cliché but people were always popping into each others houses; the doors weren’t locked and I remember playing with Gran’s mangle.”
“I remember having street parties with all the families setting up the decorating tables and hanging bunting. I suppose it would have been the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and perhaps Charles and Diana’s wedding.”
Claire’s new role with the New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC) includes community liaison, marketing support, office management and accounts. She added: “With a background in administration what really excites me about this job is the chance to work with the community. I have already met several people who remember me as a child which makes me feel right at home here.”
NTWDC is a joint public/private venture partnership between Newcastle City Council and developers Barratt and Keepmoat. Over the next 15-18 years a £265 million investment will create 1,800 homes, a neighbourhood centre, open space and commercial facilities on 66 hectares of land on the banks for the River Tyne.
With backing from the Homes and Communities Agency, the plan is to provide mainly family homes – over 60% will be three and four-bedroom houses – including affordable homes owned and managed by the Fabrick Group.
The design provides green links through to the existing neighbourhood and tiered gardens across the sloping site.
Throughout the building project, NTWDC will continue to work with local schools, training and employment providers, along with business support agencies to increase opportunities for local people and firms.