Symbol of vibrant and thriving past

I am writing in regard the proposed demolition of the promenade shelters in Whitley Bay (News Guardian, July 3).

I live in Whitley Bay and use the shelters every day when walking my dog.

These shelters are an integral part of the history and character of the town, to demolish them as the council propose would be an act of cultural vandalism on the council’s behalf, stripping the seafront of what little original character it has left.

I saw the demolition notice placed on the shelters on May 12 and put my concerns in writing that day.

My concerns were passed on to the appropriate department, I was told these shelters are ‘unwanted and unloved’.

May I suggest to the decision makers at the council, they should read the comments on the online petition to hear the real opinions of the people who live here and use these shelters (more than 1,500 at the time of writing this letter).

The strong message is we want them and we love them.

Regeneration is encouraged, we have waited long enough for it in Whitey Bay already, perhaps instead of demolition, we could take a leaf from our neighbour’s book in Tynemouth and restore these beautiful examples of Victorian design, as in Tynemouth station.

I appreciate that funding is probably at the heart of this debate, but I know of many people who would be willing to work voluntarily to help restore these shelters to their former glory.

I note the council’s reaction is to create an alternative shelter for the Park Run organisation.

This is all well and good, but yet again, the coucil is not listening to the people who live here.

We do not want to lose or replace any of the three shelters, we would like to keep them all, acknowledging the history and heritage of the promenade.

I urge North Tynesdie Council to re-think the decision to demolish these shelters.

They are a symbol of the vibrant past of this once thriving, seaside town.

Let’s try and get that feeling back.

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