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Old January 14th, 2010, 01:11 PM   #21
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Looks like work is finally due to start.

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/D...ats.5975240.jp

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ORE than 200 residents are to be moved out and dozens of homes bulldozed as part of an ambitious £50m regeneration plan for Hebburn town centre.

People living in Regent Court and Glen Court will be transferred ahead of the demolition project, which is set to take place over the next few months.

Town councillors admit they have been "frustrated" with progress on the scheme, first revealed by the Gazette almost two years ago, but say people in the town will see the revamp plans taking off in 2010.

Coun Eddie McAtominey, chairman of the regeneration board leading the town centre scheme, said: "It is our top priority to relocate residents from these blocks and demolish properties in the town centre as soon as possible. Regent Court is almost empty and people in Glen Court have received letters informing them of the plans.

"Various safety checks will have to be carried out on the properties, for asbestos and other issues, but we would hope to see the first housing blocks in the town centre coming down this year, and this process will continue with other properties later on.

"The scheme has taken longer than we expected, but Hebburn people will see real progress this year, once demolition begins."

Coun McAtominey added that the former Mountbatten Medical Centre, off Victoria Road West, Hebburn, will start operating soon as a housing office for the regeneration project.

Town councillors John McCabe and Joe Abbott this week inspected some of the properties set to be flattened as part of the revamp.

Plans for the revamped town centre include a new Tesco store and housing, plus the demolition of much of Station Road, including the Iona Social Club and Hebburn Library.

But negotiations still have to be concluded with shop and club owners over the transformation of the shopping centre area.

South Tyneside Council is working with developer Tesco on the plans, which were first unveiled in March 2008.
Well the flats are coming down at least.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #22
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This article is also appropriate to the "Green Issues" thread, but as NAREC is based in Hebburn, it is parhaps more appropriate to here, as well as being an opportunity to 'revitalise' this fairly quiet thread . . .

Narec in advanced talks on wind turbine tests
May 13 2010 by John Hill, The Journal


RENEWABLE energy organisation Narec is hoping its Clothier Laboratories site will soon be putting wind turbine blades through their paces in South Tyneside.

The Hebburn-based factory celebrated its 40th anniversary yesterday and is looking to play a major role in the development of renewable energy to meet the UK’s future power needs.

It was taken over by Narec in 2004, and offers rigorous testing to new and existing electrical power systems.

Narec’s director of electrical networks Alex Neumann said: “We’ve never had wind turbine blades here but we’re at an advanced stage of talks about bringing blades into the facility.

“Wind turbines are big structures that stand up in rural areas and offshore and practically attract lightning. You can’t just drive a truck up and replace a blade if lightning strikes it.

“We have a big part to play in increasing the reliability of systems because we can test a system to make sure it’s going to be operational for 20 to 25 years.

“We’re working with people to create robust and innovative designs that can withstand the harsh environments out there.”


REST OF ARTICLE HERE - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business...1140-26434889/
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Old May 13th, 2010, 11:35 PM   #23
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Anyone know what's happening with the Reyrolle building in Hebburn? The last I saw it was still standing, but was being slowly vandalised which was an awful sight to see.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 12:25 AM   #24
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Anyone know what's happening with the Reyrolle building in Hebburn? The last I saw it was still standing, but was being slowly vandalised which was an awful sight to see.
No idea what is happening to it. However I can confirm it's still standing now.

I don't know if worth posting but the new car park at Hebburn Metro station is excellent. Anyone who had seen the old one will confirm how bad it was, the new one is a lot bigger and actually has a proper entrance, rather than what was there.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 03:28 PM   #25
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Where abouts is the new car park? Also, any progress on the redevelopment described in post #21?
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Old May 14th, 2010, 05:19 PM   #26
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Where abouts is the new car park? Also, any progress on the redevelopment described in post #21?
It's where the old one was. But they have knocked down that big wall that was there and closed the old entrance to it, opening the new one round the corner where the new houses are.

Sadly I've seen nothing to suggest that the development mentioned in post 21 is underway. Although the article does say a few months, so maybe we'll see something soon.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 04:10 PM   #27
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Jarrow MP demands help over Siemens jobs
Jun 9 2010 by Joanne Butcher, Evening Chronicle


MINISTERS are under pressure to stop German industrial giant Siemens abandoning Tyneside – yet again.

Last month the multi-national announced it was axing Trench UK’s Hebburn plant despite record profits.

The closure would leave almost 100 workers on the dole with work farmed out to European factories.

Now Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn has demanded help from the new coalition government.

Mr Hepburn called on Ministers to save a “jewel of British manufacturing” by moving to halt Siemens’ plans.

During parliamentary question time, he asked Mark Prisk, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, for “an undertaking to meet Siemens at the highest possible level to avert this closure and to also meet a delegation from the plant to discuss how we can save this.”


TWO-PAGE ARTICLE HERE - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north...2703-26618190/
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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:34 PM   #28
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Jarrow MP demands help over Siemens jobs
Jun 9 2010 by Joanne Butcher, Evening Chronicle


MINISTERS are under pressure to stop German industrial giant Siemens abandoning Tyneside – yet again.

Last month the multi-national announced it was axing Trench UK’s Hebburn plant despite record profits.

The closure would leave almost 100 workers on the dole with work farmed out to European factories.

Now Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn has demanded help from the new coalition government.

Mr Hepburn called on Ministers to save a “jewel of British manufacturing” by moving to halt Siemens’ plans.

During parliamentary question time, he asked Mark Prisk, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, for “an undertaking to meet Siemens at the highest possible level to avert this closure and to also meet a delegation from the plant to discuss how we can save this.”


TWO-PAGE ARTICLE HERE - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north...2703-26618190/
Hmmm... And here we are throwing money at Siemens to open a turbine factory at Walker Riverside...
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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:25 AM   #29
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Does anyone know where I might be able to find some historic photos of the Hebburn area? Aerial photos would do the trick. I am not looking for very historic photos, specifically anything from 1990/1991.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:49 AM   #30
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Does anyone know where I might be able to find some historic photos of the Hebburn area? Aerial photos would do the trick. I am not looking for very historic photos, specifically anything from 1990/1991.

Hi Chatton, one of the Websites we have listed on the Websites Thread, at 'Section 9', is called

HEBBURN - PHOTOS OF OLD HEBBURN & NEIGHBOURING TOWNS.
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...3&postcount=10

It is quite a good site, and seems to cover a fair range of 'eras' - I have used it often myself.

Hope you find what you are looking for.


EDIT - PS, have you seen the most recent posting on the 'Newcastle Art' thread?

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Old July 2nd, 2010, 09:18 PM   #31
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Strategy for Jarrow town’s future approved
July 2nd 2010, by Tony Henderson, Evening Chronicle


PLANS which will shape a Tyneside town’s future have won backing from the Government.

The strategy sets out the overall planning policies that will govern Jarrow town centre, riverside and St Paul’s areas for the next 10 to 15 years.

Now, following extensive public consultation and independent examination, the Central Jarrow Area Action Plan has been formally approved by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate.

The final version will now go before South Tyneside Council in September.

One of the features of the plan is to make the most of world heritage status for the Wearmouth-Jarrow monastic site.

In Jarrow, this will include St Paul’s Church and monastery ruins and Bede’s World museum and Anglo-Saxon farm.

The plan also says that improving access, links and the setting of the proposed world heritage site will be crucial to its success. Designs include establishing a main gateway to Bede’s World that will interpret its outstanding historical and cultural importance, with secondary gateways via the old Jarrow Bridge across the River Don and at Quay Corner at the junction of Priory Road and High Street.

“The legacy of the Venerable Bede is perhaps South Tyneside’s greatest international asset,” the strategy claims.

“We want to maximise the potential that Wearmouth-Jarrow, as the UK’s nomination for candidate World Heritage Site status in 2010, can bring to the local economy.

“Inscription of World Heritage Site status will heighten awareness of the site and bring an uplift in tourism, potentially worth millions of pounds to the local economy, securing and creating many jobs, increasing education potential, and enriching community identity.

“The twin Wearmouth- Jarrow monastery is acknowledged as one of the most influential learning and cultural institutions in the western world, and we want to draw upon the many aspects of the life of the Venerable Bede, rather than seeing it purely as a visitor attraction.”

Measures would include ensuring that it is prominently sign posted on all access routes so that visitors know they have arrived at a World Heritage Site.

It also offers opportunities to create new public art at gateways to Jarrow to celebrate the history of the town.


FULL (TWO PAGE) ARTICLE HERE - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north...2703-26772721/
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Old July 20th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #32
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The former South Shields Asda store, is to be taken over by Morrisons.

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/N...lds.6427484.jp

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SUPERMARKET bosses are planning to bring a new auperstore to South Shields.
Morrisons is set to take over the former supermarket site on Ocean Road, South Shields, which has stood empty since Asda moved to a purpose-built site on Coronation Street last May.

A spokesman for Morrisons today outlined its intention to move to South Shields, saying: "Morrisons is keen to bring Market Street, its unique collection of fresh food counters, to shoppers in South Shields, offering excellent service and a great range of products, all at a great price."

It is not yet known when the move will take place, but official confirmation and further details are expected to be announced within days.

The Gazette understands that staff at other Morrisons outlets on Tyneside have been informed that the development will go ahead; and some have even requested a transfer to the new outlet.

Town centre businesses and councillors have welcomed the news, saying it will regenerate flagging town centre.

Coun Audrey McMillan, chairwoman of the Riverside community area forum, said: "This is fantastic news. It will be really good for Ocean Road and will help regenerate the area.

"Asda has been sorely missed, not only did it provide a great shopping centre, but it also brought people to Ocean Road and to all the shops and cafés. It will also be nice to see the car park open again."

Coun John Wood, chairman of South Tyneside Council's planning committee, added: "To have two major retailers in the town would have to be a great thing.

"It would be a huge boost and could help attract additional businesses."
Many organisations situated near the site have said they have seen customer numbers drop since Asda moved.

Alistair Wilson, manager of South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, said: "I've been speaking to a lot of the shops and cafés around here, and they have been saying it's great news. This end of Ocean Road and King Street will be buzzing again."

The new Asda opened in a blaze of publicity in May last year, with Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly performing the official opening.
Morrisons really helped to revitalise Jarrow town centre, so hopefully this will help this end of South Shields.

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Old July 20th, 2010, 11:11 AM   #33
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Morrisons seems to be getting everywhere now, every town or half town seems to have one around Tyneside. Maybe this is where they are focusing their expansions.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 11:49 AM   #34
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Morrisons seems to be getting everywhere now, every town or half town seems to have one around Tyneside. Maybe this is where they are focusing their expansions.
It's a strange one because there's only one Tesco in South Tyneside, I'm quite surprised they've not tried to muscle in and get this one. Although I doubt if Asda own the site they'd sell to Tesco, whereas if Tesco owned the site they'll gladly let it remain empty rather than allow competition for their new store.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 07:20 PM   #35
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It's a strange one because there's only one Tesco in South Tyneside, I'm quite surprised they've not tried to muscle in and get this one. Although I doubt if Asda own the site they'd sell to Tesco, whereas if Tesco owned the site they'll gladly let it remain empty rather than allow competition for their new store.
Tesco want to open a giant store in Hebburn and are holding ST Council to ransom over it much as they are in Gateshead and Sunderland. Tesco don't seem to be as prolific in the N.East as Morrisson's though I agree, recently their expansion seems to be more based around their inner city stores. The only 2 giant stores I can think of are at Kingston Park and North Shields but I can think of plenty more Morrissons and Asdas.

Still back to topic I agree this is good news for that end of South Shields.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 08:26 PM   #36
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The only tesco is in simonside and it's not very large at all. There aren't even any tesco metros in south tyneside which is strange as well.

This is good news though as business was getting pushed away from the historic town centre and toward the newer shops like debenhams and the new asda in the west -awful, virtually out-of-town developments with no soul at all.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #37
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General Havelock is now gone:

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/B...med.6430004.jp

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20 July 2010
By Tony Gillan
LAST orders were called some time ago – now it is definitely time at the bar.
At midnight last night, what remained of the General Havelock pub in Chapter Row, South Shields, was demolished.

The building is now flatter than week-old warm beer.

The demolition, carried out by East Boldon firm G O'Brien, was largely done byADVERTISEMENT

hand, but the final act required a 40-tonne, 360-degree excavator to remove the reinforced pillars.

The work was made a great deal easier by Mother Nature, thanks to some heavy rain overnight, and the demolition process, which began on June 28, went smoothly and with little disruption to neighbouring businesses.

Scaffold was removed over the weekend to make way for the excavator, which knocked down the last part of the building before climbing on top of the rubble to load it into skips.

O'Brien's quantity surveyor, Les Pallas, said: "It came down as expected. Some stuff is still to go off site but it's all gone to plan.

"The rain definitely helped with dust suppression. We were probably the only people who were pleased to see the rain on Monday.

"The debris there might seem to be a lot, but it really isn't. We take it away 20 tonnes at a time, so it should be gone in the next few days."

Even its devoted regulars would concede the General Havelock was perhaps not the most attractive building in the borough.

It had been boarded-up and empty for some time before being bought by South Tyneside Council last December.

The council has earmarked the site for redevelopment and is looking to create a retail link between King Street, Waterloo Square and Asda.

The pub was built in the 1960s on the site of a former Methodist church where, ironically, abstention from drink was preached and which had been there since 1808, but was hit by a German bomb in 1941.
Now that was an eyesore.

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Good riddance, but is anything replacing it?
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I was a bit worried then - there's some stunning pubs on the riverside in SS, thankfully I scrolled down and realised which one it was!
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Swimming at Quaser is set for approval.

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AN ambitious £15m swimming pool and leisure development in South Shields is poised for approval next week.
Work on the former Majestic building and Quasar Laser sites at Pier Parade could start early next year and be completed by late summer 2012.

The project will require demolition of the existing amusements and two blocks of public toilets.

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w centre will boast an eight-lane 25m swimming pool and a learner pool.

Other attractions are to include a fitness suite and sauna, a café and exhibition space and book browsing area.

The multi-million pound scheme is at the heart of South Tyneside Council's plans to regenerate the foreshore.

Members of the council's planning committee will be recommended to approve it when they meet on Monday.

A report to the committee says: "The proposal will perform an important role in the regeneration of South Tyneside, providing a key facility linking the riverside, the town centres and the foreshore.

"It will meet the need for a major leisure facility for the people of South Tyneside, incorporating swimming pools, with better proximity to the town centre than the existing Temple Park Centre, while extending the season and offering high-quality, sustainable, indoor facilities at the foreshore."

Speaking earlier this year, Coun Iain Malcolm, the leader of the council, said: "I promised the people of South Tyneside we would improve swimming facilities in the borough.

"Making progress on this pledge has been challenging in the economic climate, but the council remains determined to improve swimming and leisure provision."

The new development will be integrated with North Marine Park to enhance facilities for park users.

The planning committee is to meet at South Shields Town Hall from 10am on Monday. Members of the public can attend.




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