Anger grows over proposals for cafe

A current view down Watt's Slope.
A current view down Watt's Slope.

Opposition councillors have hit out over the lack of consultation behind plans to demolish a popular seafront cafe

Conservative members have questioned why North Tyneside Council is pushing ahead with plans to demolish the Boardwalk Cafe, in Whitley Bay, over claims it is an eyesore.

They say there has been no consultation with councillors, residents or businesses.

And Conservative group leader Judith Wallace has also questioned how many people have complained about the cafe blocking views along the seafront.

Coun Wallace said: “There has been a cafe here for more than a century, and it fits well on our coast.

“The council claims that the café is blocking the view – that is ludicrous. I’ve never heard anyone complain that the building spoils the view. Has the council ever received a single complaint about this?

“The Labour mayor talks a lot about regeneration, which should mean encouraging new businesses to come to the area, not demolishing a well established attraction.

“Conservative councillors have not been consulted before this hasty decision was taken. Residents are protesting about the loss of this café.

“Instead of demolishing this café, the council could attend to The Dome. There are bushes growing out of it at first floor level now.”

However, a council spokesperson said: “Residents can be assured that the council is very keen to hear their views about our exciting multi-million pound plans to regenerate Whitley Bay seafront.

“We will shortly be sharing an ambitious Masterplan which will set out our further vision for the area.

“We’re absolutely delighted that real progress is now being made on the improvements that residents and visitors have told us are needed to make Whitley Bay seafront a vibrant, attractive and appealing destination once again.

“It is therefore it is extremely disappointing that a minority of people are opposed to the council’s plans for the regeneration of Whitley Bay.

“We are also planning to extend the new Plaza northwards along the coast linking the Dome with the widened promenade and the beach. As part of the regeneration of the area we are proposing to remove the Boardwalk Café.

“However there will be no shortage of refreshments for people visiting the beach as we’re planning to put a new kiosk for the seafront and there’ll also be a new cafe and restaurant only 100 yards away in the Dome.”