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Why is it in this country of ours (the UK that is) that we have to put up with eyesores and derelict buildings?  I come from a town (Peterlee, County Durham) which has some quite nice areas only to be let down by a large derelict building, complete with broken windows where the local kids have taken to breaking in and setting fires.

The building was a community college, which was relocated to a new site in the town.  Way back in 2011, we had some promising news that the building would be pulled down to make way for a large Tesco Extra store, providing at least 400 jobs; a welcome boost for the town.  Move on to spring / early summer of 2013 and absolutely nothing has happened to the site, not even a sign of any demolition. 

The building is in a very prominent area of the town; right in the centre just yards from the main shopping centre, so is seen by both locals and visitors.  The local library is attached to this sorry state of a building; people, even locals think the library is closed when in fact it is the only place open on the site.  We were promised a brand new library but again to no avail.

A derelict building in a town centre I heard that delays were caused by the local shopping centre placing a legal challenge against the building of Tesco; therefore objecting to the jobs boost and investment in the town.  It looks like they were happy to have a derelict building on their doorstep.

I did hear last September that the legal challenge has been thrown out.  I just hope that when the warmer weather arrives that work will start to demolish this sorry state of a building and bring some pride and investment back to the town; people have waited long enough.

By: DW


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Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

It is very sad some people still don't realize just what a dump this country is turning into. No wonder people cannot wait to board that budgt plane heading for Majorca.
Dead and Buried
10th Apr 14 14:22

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collar

collar

Wo Nick! It's sad we only think of the present, and some people who commented earlier- saying about all the bad shops...better quality shops needed certainly, a new approach -hopefully more bakers and butchers.
Some people's comments just go to show you what our highstreets are missing, no greengrocers, no shoe repairers, it's a sad world we live in...note I did not miss the little supermarkets.
collar
10th Apr 14 12:41

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Nick

Nick

Dead and Buried is your handle a self fulfilling prophecy or a prediction of where you and your comments will hopefully end up?
Nick
10th Apr 14 12:14

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Anon

Anon

Looks very much like " The Weekly Gripe" site has become the terminus for some of the no hoper's in society. RIP.
Anon
10th Apr 14 10:57

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Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

not so much so as a Greg's pasty shop or a Poondland or a Caash Converter shop or a betting shop
Dead and Buried
10th Apr 14 10:46

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marmalade

marmalade

@The Barren Township: Well written observations - don't forget the ubiquitous charity shops, who passively bully us into buying their over-priced tat.
marmalade
9th Apr 14 19:08

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The Barren Township

The Barren Township

Today I walked down through the wastelands of our local townscape. The devastation has been caused by the lack of skill to be found in our local town planning authority. Our municipality really has had no idea how to manage its environment. Instead it has levied a high and huge charge for parking our streets; the result is that front gardens have all but disappeared and have been turned into uncharged for residential car parks.

There are now hundreds of empty shops on our high streets and in our locality. Those that are filled are staffed with irrelevant services to the neighbourhood: nail bars, a surfeit of estate agents, unwanted coffee bars, ladies' hairdressing saloons, pizza takeaways, an over-supply of heath food stores and chemist shops. The bakers and butchers have all but disappeared. The fruit and vegetable stores have all gone, replaced with yuppy stores, fashion boutiques selling expensive junk clothes made in the Far-East, or opticians plying their trade wil so-called free eye-tests, but pushingss overpriced glasses to the population. This is Thatcheirst greed in action. The rents have driven the real services away: corruption and backhanders have done their dirty job.
The Barren Township
9th Apr 14 18:32

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Marc.

Marc.

Wow! That Charlie Bucket is a treat isn't he? It's a story about derelict buildings in Peterlee mate, not an opportunity to whip out your Hitler gear. I imagine he is the same person who posted the first comment as well.

Peterlee has some really nice areas, and in my opinion looks really pretty this time of year. It would be nice to see something positive done on the old college site. Hopefully something that will engage the community and prevent any hate fuelled ignorance that certain people are capable of.
Marc.
6th Jun 13 00:56

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Ilhan

Ilhan

Hi I from Turk I came to England in the back of a lorry. I like England it is a free world specialy at nite I like some drinks and a fight and a kebab afterwards. By the way you have so many kebab shops in England but none of them taste like the real thing. makes me miss Istanbul.
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14th May 13 08:20

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Rich

Rich

Having a tesco there is still better than having the likes of pawnbrokers/bookies/£1 shops. They don't really compete with the shops do they as they sell mainly food. In today's world it really is all about choosing the least worst.
Rich
13th May 13 16:18

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Rich

Rich

@ Dont blame Tesco: u work for Tesco m8?
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13th May 13 16:06

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Dont blame Tesco

Dont blame Tesco

why do Tesco get blamed for everything?
don't blame them
Dont blame Tesco
28th Apr 13 12:36

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You

You

The Councils don't help - they stop companies investing in their towns by having out dated planning laws (though I agree with do need planning laws, but not out dated ones). Then you've got the likes of organisations putting listed building status on buildings which clearly need knocking down (yes, not all of them!). For example, in a Lancashire town there's an old police station, stood derelict for about 50 years, used by druggies and the pigeons. A company comes along and wants to invest in the town by using the building as part of its outlets - only to be told by they can't as it's a list building (even though it looks an eyesore and will never be used apart from the dossers) and even say the area can't be used for their trade (as it's against the council's regeneration plan)! What? Never heard so much rubbish. - why don't the council and the organisations what investment (as long as it controlled correctly), they'd rather have derelict grotty buildings, so that visitors to the town think it's a dump.
You
28th Apr 13 10:19

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DW

DW

I agree, Tesco did that to the land where Vaux Brewery once stood in Sunderland. They bought the land and never built on it. I believe they sold off the land.
DW
27th Apr 13 11:06

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Fed up

Fed up

I bet this sight is tucked away in Tesco's land bank - they buy up land all over our once fair country then hang on to it until it pleases them to either build on it or sell it on.

Tesco is truly a plague upon the land.
Fed up
27th Apr 13 08:49

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