AN HISTORIC landmark on South Tyneside’s coastline could be in line to undergo a major development.
The future of Gandhi’s Temple, in Sea Road, South Shields, is now being discussed with potential developers.
The bandstand and public convenience, known locally as Gandhi’s Temple, was recently described by residents as in a run-down condition, with flaking paintwork and rusted pillars.
It has been listed by South Tyneside Council as one of the borough’s local significant heritage assets.
However, council chiefs are keeping tight-lipped as to what is in store for the future of the historic building and have refused to confirm or deny rumours it has been sold.
They would only say they were in the “early discussions” with potential developers.
We are in early discussions with potential developers on the future of Gandhi’s Temple.A spokesman for South Tyneside Council
Originally fitted with wooden benches inside, the structure not only provided much-needed employment, but also a measure of carefree escapism during the dark days of the Great Depression.
At some stage, locals began to refer to it as Gandhi’s Temple, presumably as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the lawyer and peace campaigner who promoted Indian nationalism and the end of British rule in the country, through non-violent protest, from the 1920s until his assassination in 1948.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “We are in early discussions with potential developers on the future of Gandhi’s Temple.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further.”