Improvement work praised by councillor

Work to remove eyesores and revamp a stretch of the coastline have been welcomed by a borough councillor.

Whitley Bay ward memberJohn O’Shea bsaid he elieves there are good things happening in the town.

Demolition has begun on Whitley Bay seafront to remove eyesores while the former High Point Hotel site has been demolished and the site cleared for development.

Work to knock down the former Avenue Pub began last week and that work should be completed during March 2015 and the site could be handed to the community.

Coun O’Shea said: “It is planned that the cleared site should become a Community Garden which is being developed in conjunction with Whitley Bay Big Local.

“The privately owned derelict site at the east end of Esplanade is soon to be developed in to nine, three-storey townhouses and five apartments with associated courtyard parking.

“It is planned that the development be named Empire Court as the area was formerly the site of the Empire Theatre.

“I’m really pleased that such good progress is being made to eradicate a number of Whitley Bay coastal eyesores which has been long overdue.”