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Old August 12th, 2013, 07:51 PM   #121
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Will The Walls End be like a Wetherspoons pub/restaurant? It is something Wallsend needs.
Apparently Wetherspoons ARE going to do a pub in Wallsend in the next 12 months to follow the one at the old Woolworths building in Byker. Where it'll be, who knows ? Coach and Horses ? The old Woolworths building in Wallsend ? Duke of York ? The Anson even ? (Be brilliant if they called it by old name of 1900's - "The Penny Wet")
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Apparently Wetherspoons ARE going to do a pub in Wallsend in the next 12 months to follow the one at the old Woolworths building in Byker. Where it'll be, who knows ? Coach and Horses ? The old Woolworths building in Wallsend ? Duke of York ? The Anson even ? (Be brilliant if they called it by old name of 1900's - "The Penny Wet")
Yes it was mentioned in this Journal Live piece back in March 2013 - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=3342

Meanwhile, the chain has also identified sites in Alnwick, Whickham, Billingham, Newton Aycliffe, Guisborough, Tynemouth, North Shields and Wallsend, and it is still looking for more sites in the region. A spokesman for the firm, which employs 30,000 staff, said the ambitious plans form part of proposals to invest around £35m this year.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 10:18 PM   #123
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Wallsend does need some new developments and bringing back Swan Hunter as an industrial base rather than as a supermarket or some call centre is most welcome. It does seem the town is in a bit of a Groundhog Day state where nothing seems to change.
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Old August 27th, 2013, 05:23 PM   #124
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Wall's End - Hungry Horse - Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend

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12/01777/FUL | Erection of a family restaurant / public house Class A3/A4 with ancillary residential accommodation at first floor and associated external play area, together with means of access, car parking (83 spaces), landscaping and ancillary works | Land In Front Of Safestore Building Middle Engine Lane Wallsend Tyne And Wear


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Address Land In Front Of Safestore Building Middle Engine Lane Wallsend Tyne And Wear
Proposal Erection of a family restaurant / public house Class A3/A4 with ancillary residential accommodation at first floor and associated external play area, together with means of access, car parking (83 spaces), landscaping and ancillary works
Status Application Permitted
http://idoxpublicaccess.northtynesid...=MD2SUABHDX000
Building work must have gone well as the opening of the pub has been brought forward from the initially forecast 'during September' to tomorrow, 28th August 2013.

Good sized car park, outside seating area and a little playground for the children.

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Old August 29th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #126
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Links to pictures of Forum Shopping Centre Wallsend refurbishment, and Hedley Court Flats which are to be demolished to make way for supermarket and car park in phase 2.
Thanks. Though I'm not a fan of Wallsend I'm pleased this is happening now, maybe it will be the kick up the backside the town needs and it has been a long time in the waiting.

A question though, it seems the major entrance to it is blocked off and others appear to as well in those pictures so is the whole centre shut down for refurbishment?

Hopefully North Shields isn't far behind in refurbishing their shopping centre as well.
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Old August 29th, 2013, 11:48 PM   #127
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The centre is still open. The pictures were taken on a Sunday, the inside of the shopping centre is business as usual. The big block which is currently being clad was shut anyway, that will be the new library and council customer service centre, restaurant and on bottom floor 3 large retail units! Apparently bottom floor retail units will be ready for xmas and library and customer service centre ready at beginning of 2014, which believe it or not is now only five months away (eeek). Both Wallsend and North Shields shopping centres are an eyesore so lets hope when scaffolding comes down their is something much nicer to look at!
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So are the flats in Hedley Place going? I know they had their problems, but I think demolition wasn't needed. My uncle lived there for 20 years and for all it was a bit rough and had a high level of unemployment, the flats themselves were spacious.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 08:36 PM   #129
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So are the flats in Hedley Place going? I know they had their problems, but I think demolition wasn't needed. My uncle lived there for 20 years and for all it was a bit rough and had a high level of unemployment, the flats themselves were spacious.
Its 50/50, the ones close to the forum shopping centre are going to be demolished make way for supermarket and 300 car park spaces, those furthest away are being renovated, slates on outside are being replaced by smooth render painted cream. The ones not boarded up look decent, tenants seem to be looking after them well and no sign of any urban decay!
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 01:18 AM   #130
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Its 50/50, the ones close to the forum shopping centre are going to be demolished make way for supermarket and 300 car park spaces, those furthest away are being renovated, slates on outside are being replaced by smooth render painted cream. The ones not boarded up look decent, tenants seem to be looking after them well and no sign of any urban decay!
They're not bad flats and never suffered from the problems you had at Willington Square and were infinitely better than Gordon Square over the road. The ones facing Wallsend High St looked quite pleasant.
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 04:02 PM   #131
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Its 50/50, the ones close to the forum shopping centre are going to be demolished make way for supermarket and 300 car park spaces,
WHAT Supermarket ? I'd like to think this WELL overdue Supermarket IS on it's way but....
Those corrupt incompetent arrogant creeps who infest North Tyneside Council have made a horrible mess of North Tyneside, never mind just Wallsend Whitely Bay is a fine example, but Wallsend - few bother shopping there now since the Coop went, and several shops went with it. Morrisons pulled out half way through doing up the old Coop, with rumours the arrogant unelected creeps at NTC were making demands and Morrisons said "Screw you" - it later came out about asbestos, but that was probably known anyway, or used as an excuse.
Not just Wallsend of course, but it's the same problem with every council. Too many arrogant unelected types seeming to think WAY below par is good enough, as they and their friends live elsewhere (probably ALSO on the public payroll) sorry - rant over, but the evidence is there in front of our eyes. Place the blame where it should be. Remember what these (unelected) creeps did to the Fish Quay Festival while their wasting public money on THEIR causes DIDN'T stop, but SHOULD have.......
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 01:23 PM   #132
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All councillors and the mayor of NTC are elected. I know one councillor who is based in the Whitley Bay Area, works in the borough and wants the best for North Tyneside regardless of it being Whitley Bay or Wallsend.
John Harrison though lives on the NT/Northumberland border, it is unclear exactly which side his house is on and he is said to shop and socialise in Cramlington.

NTC do not own the Forum shopping centre so they have little input into it's development and investment, Morrison's pulled out of Wallsend because of the ASDA in Byker opening up. NTC in recent years have sought to build new social housing in Wallsend, bring Newcastle college to area, help the renewable energy industry on the banks of the Tyne and assist the Forum redevelopment by having a library community facility based there in future.
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Old September 16th, 2013, 01:57 PM   #133
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Wallsend Memorial Hall Occupied: Lock-In Over Fears Building Could Be Repossessed

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Wallsend Memorial Hall Occupied: Lock-In Over Fears Building Could Be Repossessed
By Jenny Wotherspoon - 16th September 2013

Wallsend Memorial Hall staff have locked themselves inside the town's Grade II listed building to prevent any possibility of it being repossessed.

The group are concerned about the future of the building after it was used as collateral against a loan from social investment company SIB.

The Social Investment Business gave trustees of the building around £1.5m in grants and loans to refurbish it, renovate the ballroom and create a new reception area.

However, money ran out before the entire refurbishment was complete, and complications arose when a further sum of money was requested from the SIB.

Now it is uncertain whether the SIB will continue investing in the community-led business and staff are concerned the building could be reposessed.

The hall's Deputy Chief Officer Mick Riley, said: "This building belongs to the people of Wallsend, it's in the trust of the people of Wallsend and it has been for 150 years or so, and we're determined to make sure it remains a community building.

"We will continue to occupy this building until we are convinced that it is solely in the hands of the people of this town."

Joined by Labour Councillor for Wallsend Gary Madden, the group is running a shift system to ensure nobody apart from staff and supporters can get inside.

The sprung-floored ballroom inside Wallsend Memorial Hall
Gary said: "The building is being used for all kinds of things, we've had weddings, bar mitzvahs, even a wake. It's for education, it's for advice, people run classes and courses here.

"We'd even secured £300,000 lottery funding for our youth projects, and we were getting plenty of bookings for big events in the ballroom.

"Now we're having to cancel them because we just don't know what is happening. As a Councillor I see the difference this place makes to this community and I'm determined to see it stay."

The SIB have been unavailable to comment on the occupation of Wallsend Memorial Hall or their intentions regarding investment in the business.

The Memorial Hall was built in by shipyard entrepreneur Sir GB Hunter.

Ownership of it was later signed over to the people of Wallsend, and it has been under the representation of a board of trustees, including local vicars, doctors and businessmen, for over a century.

It was the first civic building in Wallsend and the first to use electric lighting, and was nicknamed Wallsend Winter Gardens because of its glass roof, which has since been covered.

The staff and supporters of the Memorial Hall plan to continue their occupation of the building until they are reassured it will remain under public ownership.

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Old September 16th, 2013, 05:38 PM   #134
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My cousin had her wedding reception in the Memorial Hall in 1981.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 03:32 PM   #135
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Fears over future of Wallsend Memorial Hall after funding dries up

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Fears over future of Wallsend Memorial Hall after funding dries up
By Dan Warburton - 18th September 2013



Staff at a cash-strapped community centre are staging a round-the-clock lock-in as fears grow over the future of the Grade-II listed building.

A row has erupted after workers at the Wallsend Memorial Hall claim the historic site could be repossessed after funding dried-up for the community project.

Crisis talks were staged yesterday by the centre’s board of trustees and it’s now thought the trading arm of the organisation is likely to go into receivership.

It means nearly 20 people will be made redundant while the organisation’s charity strand is maintained.

Officials at the centre claim the Social Investment Business - who ploughed more than £1.4m into a huge revamp of the centre in 2011 - are seeking to take control of the building.

But SIB officials said they have no intention of repossessing the building and have made every effort to support the organisation. They also said they had not called in their debt.

Mike Riley, the centre’s deputy chief officer, claims there had been a U-turn on a promise to his 17 members of staff that they would be paid until the end of September.

He said: “A private security firm were due to come in and kick us out to secure the building. The staff elected to have a sit-in and not let them in to protect the building for the people of Wallsend.”

SIB chiefs invested more than £1.5m to give the building a huge make-over in 2011. But the project ran over budget and more cash was needed to secure its future.

Now Mr Riley says cash flow problems have put the organisation in jeopardy. He said: “The main drive is to keep this building in the hands of the people of Wallsend. The second demand is to get members of staff paid.”

The Memorial Hall was built in 1883 by shipyard entrepreneur Sir GB Hunter, and an extension was added in 1925 including a memorial to the Swan Hunter workers who fought in World War One.

Ownership of it was later signed over to the people of Wallsend, and it has been under the representation of a board of trustees, including local vicars, doctors and businessmen, for more than a century.

Read more and see image gallery @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...morial-6056927
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Old October 21st, 2013, 12:53 PM   #136
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Objections at plans to build 425 homes and medical centre on green space in North Tyneside

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Objections at plans to build 425 homes and medical centre on green space in North Tyneside
By Kerry Wood - 21st October 2013


Couns Nigel Huscroft, Marian Huscroft and David Ord, with resident Anne Craigen (left)

Major plans to build 425 homes and shops on Tyneside fields have sparked opposition from more than 1,000 residents.

Angered protestors believe the move will lead to traffic chaos and have a detrimental effect on wildlife at the nearby Rising Sun Country Park.

But if granted the outline planning application by developers Persimmon Homes would bring with it nearly £500,000 of additional funding for children’s play spaces, allotments, health and road improvements.

The site earmarked for the large-scale housing estate, with medical centre and retail space of more than three football pitches, is fields on the corner of Station Road and Whitley Road in North Tyneside backing onto Sunholme Drive in Wallsend.

With its vast open space the site is a buffer between existing schools, supermarkets and housing in Benton and Wallsend. Back in 2011 the Holystone Action Group launched a campaign to protect the land, along with three other sites in the district, by calling for it to be re-designated as Green Belt.

It was previously deemed ‘safe-guarded’ land in the council’s development, but only until the plan expired in 2006, now leaving it open for potential development.

Coun Marion Huscroft is among the councillors who have been representing residents with concerns about the development.

Having handed forward a petition of 512 signatures, she said: “There are a number of concerns from residents. The area is one with previous stealth mining works. When these closed they didn’t back fill the shafts and there is concern this is already an area effected by flooding.

“It is very close to the Rising Sun Country Park. The knock-on effect of wildlife there is an issue as is traffic as there are already problems with log jams when people want to leave the estate and join Station Road. The fields act as a natural buffer between Wallsend and Benton and this development would take this countryside element away from the area.”

Responding to a consultation on the plans the Northumberland Wildlife Trust said: “....The trust does not consider the Station Road development should be developed for housing, as this is working to the still draft Core Strategy and our concerns over the isolation of the Rising Sun Country Park and the lack of wildlife linkages across the areas remain.”

Despite objectors’ concerns officers at the council say the proposed development wouldn’t lead to any severe impact on traffic that “cannot be adequately mitigated” adding it “will also

make a substantial contribution towards affordable housing within the borough.

North Tyneside Council’s planning committee is due to meet and discuss the application tomorrow.

Its recommendation is for councillors to grant outline planning permission for the scheme, subject to conditions, along with full planning permission for the first stage work of 225 homes and a three-arm roundabout on Station Road.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 01:31 PM   #137
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Another NTC rejection without grounds...with the full backing of HAG as usual.

http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/l...cted-1-6177733

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Developers have criticised councillors who blocked plans to build 650 new homes on the outskirts of Wallsend.

Persimmon Homes submitted an outline application to build up to 425 homes on farmland near the Rising Sun Country Park and were seeking full approval to begin initial work on another 225 properties.

But despite planning officers at North Tyneside Council recommending the plans be approved, members of the planning committee rejected the application at their meeting on Tuesday, saying it would lead to loss of a buffer to the country park, was a visual intrusion and create traffic issues.

Officials at Persimmon hit out at the decision and have said they will lodge an appeal.


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Another NTC rejection without grounds...with the full backing of HAG as usual.

http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/l...cted-1-6177733

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"Speaking after the meeting, Keith Page, of HAG, said: “It’s good news. We’re pleased the plans were objected but we expect Persimmon to appeal, and the way national policy is now, Eric Pickles will probably overturn the decision."

So Mr HAG, why put the rate payers of North Tyneside to the expense of dealing with an appeal if you are aware that central government will overturn the decision?
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Pickles has shown himself above all else to be pretty random on his judgements in such matters. While I dont necessarily agree with Mr Page's position it isnt bad strategy on his part and perhaps its upto politicians to stand up and say actually we are for/ against this, and this is why. The polticians are the guardians of the public purse.
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"Speaking after the meeting, Keith Page, of HAG, said: “It’s good news. We’re pleased the plans were objected but we expect Persimmon to appeal, and the way national policy is now, Eric Pickles will probably overturn the decision."

So Mr HAG, why put the rate payers of North Tyneside to the expense of dealing with an appeal if you are aware that central government will overturn the decision?
It is something that should be asked to them. Unfortunately I don't think they would respond to any of my further questions since the last time I questioned them I was banned from their Facebook group.

Maybe we should get our friends at the Chronicle (and possibly some of the councillors who have stood up against them) to ask them these harsh questions?
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