Tyne & Wear

Community trust move for Byker Wall estate

Byker Wall
Image caption The Byker Wall is a Grade II-listed structure

Residents of a Tyneside estate have been asked to vote on the formation of a community trust to manage a multi-million pound investment programme.

Byker Wall, an array of colourful flats, has Grade II-listed status and is in line for major improvements to homes and green spaces.

The government has agreed more than £40m funding for the project.

It would be overseen by a not-for-profit organisation run by a board with tenant representation.

People are being asked to approve the formation of the trust when a public consultation begins on 23 June.

Barry Rowland, chief executive of Newcastle City Council, said: "The council is convinced that setting up the Byker Community Trust is the best way forward for local people, giving them greater control over what happens on their estate."

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