Cafe, spa or new hospice? Your ideas for future of Water's Edge pub site as appeal to build apartments is dismissed
The South Shields community has already thought up a number of ideas on how to transform a former pub.
Plans were lodged to transform the Water's Edge, at Trow Lea, into 23 apartments - but the proposals, which received hundreds of objections, were rejected by South Tyneside Council.
An appeal against the decision, entered by pub owner Kevin Brogan and heard at the end of last year, has now also been dismissed, due to concerns the new apartments could cause “harm" to that piece of coast.
While many rejoiced at the pub building’s rescue, others expressed concerns about the “eyesore” building being “left to rot” with no firm plans in place for what happens next.
South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm earlier said that if the appeal was rejected, the local authority may explore the use of compulsory purchase powers for the site.
Here is how you reacted on the Shields Gazette Facebook page:
Mark Anthony Lancelot Holmes: "If I win the Lotto before 2021, I will turn it into the southshore activity centre and wildlife trail, fingers crossed.”
Sarah Mctavy: “It would have been better than just sitting empty like it has for years! I don’t see what harm a few apartments would make on such a small area!”
Susan Stone Turnbull: “It would make a fantastic wedding/function venue.”
Jayne Hart: “Would love it be become a spa retreat. Such a beautiful and relaxing position.”
Adrienne Arthur: “Whoever owns it is not going to sell it for buttons, that’s prime land and the pub can rot away until they get the price they want.”
Steven Carter: “Conservation and education centre, cafe and cycle hub is the answer.”
Richard Lees: “Great decision!”
Stephen Moran: “And so we're still left with an eyesore, so what now.”
Paul Rogers: “Personally I think they should knock it down and as they [are] not going to get their act together to re-open St Clare’s they should build one there.”
Alan Donaldson: “Demolish it and return it to the greenfield site it originally was.”
Steven Westy: “Great so it's just going to be left to rot.”