Eyesore South Shields buildings put on the market

Westpark lodge
Westpark lodge

TWO eyesore buildings in South Shields have been put up for sale.

Now it’s hoped the future of a former drug and alcohol halfway house on the corner of Stanhope Road and a derelict park-keeper’s lodge in the town’s nearby West Park can be resolved.

FOR SALE ... former halfway house in Stanhope Road.

FOR SALE ... former halfway house in Stanhope Road.

Both buildings have stood empty for several years amid concerns they were lowering the tone of the area.

The two-storey halfway house, which has grills on its windows, has been put up for sale by its owner for an estimated £350,000.

Meanwhile, the West Park Lodge is expected to be subject of closed bids.

The develoments have come as a relief to the three Labour councillors for the ward – Gladys Hobson, Joyce Welsh and newly-elected Norman Dick.

Coun Hobson said: “We’re all absolutely delighted at the news. The Church Commissioners have been hanging on to the lodge but now their agents have put it on the market, I believe it is to be converted for domestic use.

“The building in Stanhope Road has been an eyesore and causing concern for councillors and residents for some time. We’re hoping the future of both buildings can now be resolved.”

Interest has been expressed by several bodies in taking over the West Park Lodge over the last decade. At one point the charity Cancer Connections wanted to make it its base, and there was also a proposal for an after-school club on the site.

But all planning bids to convert the graffiti-ridden eyesore fell foul of strict planning rules.

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