In 2009, in association with Newcastle University, NCRN commissioned Jeff Corrighan, to summarise material already written throwing light on existing and potential community conflict in Newcastle with specific reference to an area in Newcastle’s East End, Walker. He found:
The recent programme of demolition and physical regeneration had created some frustration and resentment towards Newcastle City Council. The perceived displacement of parts of their former community had left a sense of loss or grief in the existing community. The delay in delivering change has exacerbated these feelings. The potential for future conflict lay in these feelings possibly being transferred to the ‘newcomers’ who populate new housing provided to encourage a new socio-economic mix.
The arrival of a significant number of asylum seekers had rapidly changed the ethnic balance in an area with a historically low black and minority ethnic (BME) population. The sense of injustice felt by the ‘majority’ in seeing what was perceived to be an unfair allocation of scarce resources had created tension. This is a complex area of tension because it is capable of being felt within the BME population as a result of a ‘hierarchy’ of prejudice. This is rooted in factors such as the relative lengths of time BME families have been in an area, and/or a traditional form of socio-economic class distinction in the country of origin which survived migration.