End of era for his­toric pub

The Chronicle - - News - The former Colonel Lin­skill pub in North Shields By SO­NIA SHARMA Re­porter so­nia.sharma@reach­plc.com @TheSharmi­na­tor Plan­ning doc­u­ment

HE was one of Ty­ne­side’s most fa­mous adopted sons, who raised a vol­un­teer army against French in­va­sion in 1784.

But now a pub named in his hon­our may be flat­tened and re­placed by homes.

The Colonel Lin­skill, on Char­lotte Street, North Shields, has been closed for sev­eral years.

The pub, which dates back to the mid-1800s, was named af­ter the first mayor of Tynemouth, Wil­liam Lin­skill. It is un­der­stood the premises was re­built in the 1930s and had a cou­ple of name changes over the years be­fore rev­ert­ing to the Colonel Lin­skill.

Plans have now been drawn up to turn it into a shop on the ground floor, with of­fices above.

Ost­feld Ltd have sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to North Ty­ne­side Coun­cil ask­ing for per­mis­sion to change the use of the build­ing.

The plan­ning doc­u­ments say:

“The site was pre­vi­ously a pub­lic house but has been va­cant for the past six years.

“It has been up for lease/rent for the du­ra­tion of that time but has failed to gain any in­ter­est. The owner has re­viewed the de­mand for lo­cal com­mer­cial space and is re­spond­ing ac­cord­ingly to im­prove the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity of the build­ing.”

If the scheme is ap­proved, the first floor is to be used as of­fice space, which could be rented out as a whole or to in­di­vid­ual start-up units.

The top floor, pre­vi­ously used for ac­com­mo­da­tion, would also have a com­mu­nal kitchen, meet­ing room and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties.

The site was pre­vi­ously a pub­lic house but has been va­cant for the past six years

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