Residents in Gresham have proposed a plan of their own to revitalise the run-down area of Middlesbrough.

They have set up a community land trust to bring in new homes and shops to Gresham and Middlehaven.

Trust member Ashley Marron said: “We want a community-led regeneration, not a bureaucratic-led one which you see here, it’s just not happening.”

Middlesbrough Council’s regeneration plans began in 2005 and include the demolition of 773 properties.

Middlesbrough’s director of regeneration Kevin Parkes said: “It’s actually very interesting, an opportunity to both look at bringing forward development in the area, but also involving the local community and hopefully involving local labour whilst meeting the needs of residents.

“We’ll be very interested to see what’s put forward, and see what we can work with, with regards to that.”

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