Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Old Co-op warehouse flattened.

Victory for residents - Tesco to move quickly?

It was heartening to see in this evening's Shields Gazette a picture of Cllrs. Hanson and Stewart with a couple of residents, celebrating the demolition of the old Co-operative Society warehouse on Shaftesbury Avenue. The current owners, Tesco, are probably just as relieved to see the back of the place after it became a haunt for teenagers, with all of the risks involved in scurrying around derelict buildings.

We can only hope that Tesco come to a quick decision over a possible future use for the site, and that the Council gives the requisite permission, it is possible that they may wish to expand the size of the current store to add to their competitiveness. Alternatively they might like to open a strip club to utilise the products that they currently have on sale!

It would be a shame if this land ended up wallowing in the doldrums like so much of the town centre in Jarrow. This land on either side of Ormonde Street and Walter Street has lain fallow (I have on good authority) since 1952, whilst one side of Jarrow High Street has been empty since the 1960s.

A testament to solid progress over the decades by local Labour politicians!

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