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Victorian streets get 2m revamp

An artist's impression of how Sunniside Gardens will look
An artist's impression of how Sunniside Gardens will look

A 2.2m plan to revamp one of Sunderland's most historic streets has moved a step closer.

The proposals, which are being discussed by city councillors on Wednesday, will breathe new life into the Victorian-era Sunniside Gardens.

Plans include a landscaped public space for events, cafes and leisure facilities. The Sunniside Partnership is behind the regeneration scheme.

Work is expected to begin next year and be completed by the end on 2010.

In recent years more than 30m has been spent on improvements in the area, where 160 of the 600 buildings are listed.

Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "Since the formation of the partnership five years ago, there have been dramatic improvements in not only how Sunniside looks but in how people perceive it as a place to visit, live and work in."

Ben Hall, director of the Sunniside Partnership, added: "The public realm improvements are a key ongoing project for the area.

"Improving the streets and walkways will complement and reflect the ongoing investment and regeneration work in Sunniside and play a major part in lifting the economic regeneration of the area."

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