Work with vision, not hallucinations

There have been many articles and letters dealing, at length, with the views on removing (or preserving) seaside buildings and constructions.

These are of various merit in the eye of the beholder.

I believe there has also been an attempt by objecting councillors to produce a ‘contrived’ case, for which more ordinary residents see as the unnecessary removal of valued, even historic, features of Whitley Bay, rather than any political issue.

Whitley Bay is of course valued by everybody, residents and visitors, and I dare the three local councillors have had to give much thought and time to the removal of the Boardwalk Cafe, and the issue of the public shelters, historic, or possibly not.

The objecting councillors from other parts of Whitley Bay have their duties, but as they are also involved with all parts of North Tyneside, and the overall ‘visions’ for the coast and riversides, they must have some knowledge of such plans.

Even I obtain from such sources as the News Guardian, such visions can give sweeping ‘views’, including north from the Dome and Plaza with the Boardwalk removed.

Whatever Bill Clinton said or did, he may well be only remembered for a reply to an interviewer, “...its the economy, stupid,”

The issues are trading economics as nearby food outlets remain.

Once active sites, the Avenue etc, are a liability once they have failed to be economic – stupidity or not – and when abandoned they become derelict in a very short time.

The High Point, to me, once looked a quite attractive feature, but it is clear no entrepreneurs saw any opportunity.

The sites become eyesores but more significantly public hazards which involve the local council in costs.

If anyone wishes to see extreme dereliction, a number of Fish Quay sites are available for viewing, after years of consultation and great efforts by volunteers and officials.

Our lack of success to remove such blots-on-the-landscape should not detract from the valuable work already done.

We work on undeterred, with ‘visions’ not the hallucinations often alleged.

AM Johnson