Historic Hebburn pub faces demolition, despite 1,000-name petition to save it

The Roadhouse pub in Hebburn will soon be demolished.
The Roadhouse pub in Hebburn will soon be demolished.

The end of the road has come for a historic South Tyneside pub as the bulldozers get set to move in.

Planning chiefs in South Tyneside have granted planning permission for The Roadhouse pub, in Victoria Road, Hebburn, to be demolished.

The wrecking ball will bring an end to a long and long and valiant bid to save the Victorian watering hole.

Work is due to start next week and the plan is to level the building, cover the site with top soil and fence it off.

There are no immediate plans for the site.

Locals collected a 1,000-name petition to save the pub, which dates back to the 1860s, after it passed into the hands of administrators.

Early last year the Roadhouse was listed as an Asset of Community Value following an application to South Tyneside Council from residents anxious to save it.

Plans for the council to buy the pub were shelved to allow the local community the opportunity to acquire it.

But this did not happen and, in April last year, the council bought the premises and talks were held with the tenant Tracey Nesbitt over the prospects of investment.

However, at the start of this year, the council said that the current tenant’s plans did not involve investment and that the pub was set to be demolished.

A spokeswoman for South Tyneside Council said: “Work on stripping the property will start next week with demolition expected to start in the New Year.

“The demolition is aimed at preparing the site for future development.”