People in neighbourhoods where whole streets stand ready for demolition, have been told it will be at least four years before the work is complete.

Plans to demolish 1,500 homes in central Middlesbrough were drawn up more than five years ago, and dozens of families have since been moved out.

Following changes in funding streams, Middlesbrough Council has to re-apply for money to complete the project.

A new application is due to be filed later this month. (Jan 2011)

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