Could competition be behind closure?

I really must take issue with recent comments made by Coun Sandra Graham in respect to the Boardwalk cafe.

To suggest that this was not a viable business when it has been run at a profit for the last five years that I’m aware of is wide of the mark.

She then goes on to say it is not a ‘sustainable position for all year round business’.

However, North Tyneside Council is replacing it with an open air area and kiosk which will also be open to the elements.

If it rains it will be empty, dark winter months it will be empty.

The same cannot be said of the Boardwalk, which provides all year round business and shelter.

But perhaps a clue was given in a recent comment by a council officer when it was mentioned that a similar outlet would be opening in the Spanish City Dome.

Is the real reason for the Boardwalk’s demise to remove any competition that may hinder the council’s plans for the dome?

One last point, irrespective of what the councillors’ thoughts were on the issue, they have a duty to inform and consult with the residents of Whitley Bay.

Frank Austin

Whitley Bay