Speedy puts safety first for school children
Published by Craig Downs for Frank Haslam Milan in Housing and also in Communities
Speedy the Tortoise with Lindsay Riddle Housing Renewal Project Officer from South Tyneside Council, Collette Stephenson and Simon Ferry, Lead RLO for FHM North East
A South Tyneside school has enlisted the help of a special guest to help bring youngsters up to speed on health and safety.
‘Speedy the Tortoise’ has paid a visit to Seaview Primary School to talk to children about the dangers of construction sites – and to help them understand how regeneration affects their community.
South Tyneside Council is currently working with Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) North East to build 20 eco friendly bungalows for older people near to the school, at Druridge Crescent.
Simon Ferry, Lead Resident Liaison Officer for FHM, said: “Speedy is great at delivering messages to children about regeneration.
“He helps them understand the changes that happen in their community and why they are important. We also work with youngsters to deliver important messages about the dangers of construction sites.”
Leader of South Tyneside Council and Horsley Hill ward member, Councillor Iain Malcolm, added: “It is important that local children learn that construction sites are dangerous and should not be used as playgrounds but I am also pleased that we have taken this opportunity to explain to the children how and why their area is changing.
“It is important that we involve children and young people in regeneration projects because it helps us to build community spirit and a sense of pride in the area for years to come. This development will be a real asset to Horsley Hill and I look forward to its completion.”
The £2million Druridge Crescent development has been designed for the over 60s who need ground floor accommodation. They will have a number of energy-efficiency measures that will reduce fuel bills.
The bungalows are being built with more than £1million of investment from the Council and a £803,000 social housing grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The homes are expected to be completed in June 2011 and they will be managed by South Tyneside Homes.