Fears Eyesore Building 'Unsafe' 'Sizeable' Gap Spotted in the Structure

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Fears Eyesore Building 'Unsafe' 'Sizeable' Gap Spotted in the Structure


Byline: SEAN SEDDON Reporter sean.seddon@trinitymirror.com @seddonnews

FEARS have emerged over the safety of a crumbling eyesore on a Tyneside high street.

Situated at the far end of Gateshead High Street, away from the recently-completed Trinity Square development, the derelict building, used to be the Bed Shed. A Gateshead Council spokesperson said the eventual plan for the building is to demolish it as part of the long term re-development of the high street, but a fixed timescale for that work has not been announced.

The local authority also insisted the building is structurally safe - despite appearances.

Ian Murray, 56, runs Murray's Domestic Appliances, a family business which has operated next door to the former Bed Shed for 47 years.

The council have bought up premises on the street to pave the way for future redevelopment but Mr Murray has been in a long-running dispute over the sale of his business, with the two parties yet to agree on a price.

He said he feared the building, rather than being demolished, would eventually just fall down.

More than just being an eyesore, Mr Murray said he thought the building could pose a threat to the public, with a gap appearing to have opened up between the front wall and the rest of the structure.

He said:"I was up on the roof about six weeks ago because we had a leak.

"My friend who was helping pointed it out and said 'have you seen the state of that.'.

"There's this sizeable gap which just doesn't look safe and [my friend] works in demolition so knows what he's talking about. …

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