A CHAPTER closes on almost half a century of Hebburn’s history this weekend as two of the town’s landmark buildings close their doors.
Townsfolk are preparing to welcome the opening of the new £12.8m Hebburn Central later this month, a two-storey building which includes a six-lane swimming pool and library.
But its arrival also marks the demise of the existing Hebburn Swimming Pool, in Campbell Park Road, and the library in Station Road.
The 40-year-old library will permanently close to the public at 1pm on Saturday and the 48-year-old pool will shut at 12.30pm on Sunday.
Both buildings have served the town well over the years, but their departures are part of the changing face of Hebburn.
The old swimming pool and the buildings near it, including the former magistrates’ court, are seen as “prime housing land”.
The old swimming pool is prime housing landCoun John McCabe
The baths are likely to be flattened to make way for new homes, with no official decision over the future of the old library site yet made.
Coun John McCabe, Labour representative for Hebburn South, said that as the town’s population grows, the demand for leisure facilities would inevitably grow too.
He said: “The old swimming pool is prime housing land and it will be sold on a long-term lease, but we will never sell the freehold, that’s always been my policy and always will be as long as I have the power to ensure it.
“These are very exciting times for Hebburn and we are not finished yet. Alongside the housing, we need other things leisure-wise, including a nice park and walks down the river.”