No light at the end of Tunnel for Jarrow club

FINAL FAREWELL ... The Tunnel Club, in Jarrow, closed its doors this week.
FINAL FAREWELL ... The Tunnel Club, in Jarrow, closed its doors this week.

A SOUTH Tyneside social club has called last orders for the final time.

The Tunnel Club in Jarrow closed its doors on Tuesday.

I’d like to thank all of our past members and regulars and wish them all the best.

Brian Davidson, Tunnel Club director

The former ex-servicemen’s club, in North Street, is set to be bulldozed and replaced by an apartment block for older people.

The club will be demolished to make way for flats offering one or two bedrooms, plus parking and landscaping.

The land next to the club will also be developed.

Tunnel Club director Brian Davidson said: “I’d like to thank all of our past members and regulars and wish them all the best.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to all the staff for their hard work and support over the years.”

South Tyneside Council’s planning committee approved plans for a 48-unit apartment block on the site in February.

It will be built by the borough’s new independent housing company, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, and construction firm Galliford Try Partnerships North.

Brian Scott, company secretary for the trust, said: “These properties have been designed to incorporate the latest best practice for older people’s housing and will be care-ready, enabling tenants to maintain their independence in their own homes if their needs change.

“The trust was established to build affordable housing in the borough, and we are already well on track to achieving our vision of delivering 400 new homes in our first five years.”

Work is scheduled to start on site next month.

The development will be built using a £1m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

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