AN historic pub at the heart of Hebburn is to be flattened - over concerns it would detract from the town centre’s ongoing regeneration.
The Roadhouse, in Victoria Road, Hebburn, is to be demolished within three months, it has emerged.
It would detract from the major regeneration that the town centre is undergoingSouth Tyneside Council spokesman
It brings to an end a long and valiant bid to save the Victorian watering hole.
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 existing tenant Tracey Nesbitt on the prospects of investment.
Now the council says that the current tenant’s plans do not involve investment and the pub is set to be demolished.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “South Tyneside Council acquired the Roadhouse pub last April.
“On Friday January 30, council officers met the tenant and issued her with 28 days’ notice of the termination of her lease. Officers explained in detail why this course of action was being pursued.
“At the beginning of last year, the council withdrew its bid to buy the Roadhouse to allow a local community group the opportunity to acquire it themselves.
“However, despite being given an extensive period of time to come forward with a bid, the group did not offer any alternative proposal to secure the future of the Roadhouse.
“Therefore, the council stepped back in to buy the property.
“The existing tenant’s plans do not include investment in the premises and we simply cannot risk the pub being left without investment.
“This would detract from the major regeneration that the town centre is undergoing and potentially damage our ability to attract further private investment.
“The intention is to demolish the premises and the site will form part of a wider site which will be offered for sale for residential development.”
Tracey Nesbitt, who has been the tenant of the Roadhouse pub for eight years, was unavailable for comment.