BULLDOZERS MOVE IN ON "THE BRONX"

A MASSIVE demolition programme is to start in a neighbourhood once dubbed The Bronx because of its rundown state.

A MASSIVE demolition programme is to start in a neighbourhood once dubbed The Bronx because of its rundown state.

Bulldozers will soon begin knocking down 66 of the 184 properties on Thompson Avenue and Dixon Road in Edlington.

The clearance programme is part of Doncaster Council's project to regenerate the area and will replace the houses with landscaped open space.

Nuisance neighbours, vandalism and arson have all made it difficult for people wanting to rent or sell houses in the area to attract interest.

A campaign was started by residents two years ago to get the council to take action over a wide range of issues which led to properties standing empty and creating targets for vandals.

Pat Hagan, advice and statutory services manager at Doncaster Council, said that the project to regenerate the area had been carried out through full consultation with the Residents' Steering Group.

He said: "We have already carried out evictions on some of the nuisance neighbours who lived in council properties and used anti-social behaviour orders. Now we are trying to sort out the other problems."

He said that future plans included turning one property into a community house to encourage community spirit but that the schemes would depend on funding becoming available.

And one resident who has seen the street decline over the 12 years he has been living there welcomed the plan.

Lorry driver Charlie Penn, who lives on Dixon Road, said that the houses were once sought after but now no-one wants to live there.

"It is like Beirut - in fact there are probably better streets in Beirut.

"I am glad to hear that they are knocking down the houses. It is definitely a start," he said.