DISGRUNTLED pensioners could be on the move after voting to look for another base in South Tyneside.
There was anger when Queens Road Day Centre in Saxon Way, Jarrow, was demolished last month.
This followed a long campaign by pensioners, which included collecting a 7,000-signature petition and lobbying councillors to save the 30-year-old community facility.
Pensioners have been moved to nearby Jarrow Community Centre, but many say they are unhappy with their new home.
Now Queens Road officials have revealed that members have voted to find another home in the area.
Joyce Miller, secretary of the centre committee, said: “We had a vote when members visited the Sea Hotel in South Shields.
“There were about 70 members in attendance and the vote was unanimous that we should move elsewhere.
“Most of the members are very unhappy with being at Jarrow Community Centre and want to move on.
“We have already started looking at where we could move to, and there is one place in particular we are looking at, but we don’t wish to say where at the moment.”
Angry pensioners claimed South Tyneside Council acted unfairly by flattening their former centre before the completion of a judicial review which members were awarded to try to block demolition.
But an application for a restraining order to halt demolition was rejected.
The council said running the former centre cost £70,000 a year, and it also faced a £25,000 repairs bill, at a time when major savings are being made.
South Tyneside Council says Jarrow CC has full disabled access and provides “the best way” to safeguard Queens Road Day Centre for the future.