800 join fight to save South Tyneside pub

'SAVE OUR PUB' ... The Roadhouse pub manager Tracey Nesbitt with regulars angry over closure plans.
'SAVE OUR PUB' ... The Roadhouse pub manager Tracey Nesbitt with regulars angry over closure plans.

SAVE our pub!

The fight is on to protect a Victorian watering hole in South Tyneside from the bulldozers.

Regulars at The Roadhouse, in Victoria Road West, Hebburn, fear the pub is set to be flattened as part of the council’s £12m Hebburn hub scheme.

South Tyneside Council has been bidding to acquire the pub, which dates back to the 1860s, as part of regeneration plans for the town centre.

An 800-name petition has been collected as part of the campaign to save The Roadhouse, which is on the market for £165,000.

Tenant Tracey Nesbitt said: “We think The Roadhouse has a solid future, but feel the council is keeping us in the dark about their plans.

“I believe the council’s offer for the pub has been accepted, but I cannot get any more real information from council officers or local councillors.

“The Roadhouse is the last pub in Hebburn Newtown and has been part of the town for more than 100 years.

“Many local pubs have closed, but we are still operating and employing staff.

“None of the regulars want The Roadhouse to be demolished and that’s shown in the 800 names on the paper and online petition to save the pub.”

Mrs Nesbitt said the pub is run by LT Pub Management on behalf of the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank.

In a letter sent this week to South Tyneside Council chief executive Martin Swales, Mrs Nesbitt stated: “I would like The Roadhouse pub in Hebburn to be listed as a community asset, to be recorded on the council’s heritage asset list and I would like to have definite answers, in writing, about the pub’s future.

“I do not think it should be demolished as it is a well used, well managed community pub, employing five people, and it is my livelihood.”

Mrs Nesbitt, who claimed she has been “left in the dark” by council officers and local councillors, added: “I have requested The Roadhouse be considered for listing by English Heritage, since it has been in existence since at least 1869.”

She is also asking the council to “reimburse” her for the general public using the pub’s toilets following the closure of the public convenience in Hebburn shopping centre.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “We can confirm that the council has received two petitions relating to The Roadhouse, and will respond to the petitioners in due course.”

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