Seaton pub demolished to make way for store

A FORMER pub has been demolished to allow building work on a new supermarket that will create around 20 jobs to get underway.

Developers say the new Sainsbury’s Local store could be open for business by the end of the summer after the former Station Hotel, in Station Lane, Seaton Carew, was demolished at the weekend.

GOING GOING GONE. The Station Hotel pictured being demolished at the weekend

GOING GOING GONE. The Station Hotel pictured being demolished at the weekend

The £700,000 store will be built on the site of the pub and construction teams will spend the next couple of weeks clearing the area.

The controversial scheme comes after the pub was boarded up for more than a year. Revised plans were approved after initial scheme was turned down.

Hartlepool-based Euro Property Management is behind the scheme that will create around 20 new jobs and the company says it will give people a greater choice of where to shop.

Building work on the new store is expected to get underway in May and the Sainsbury’s Local store could be open for business by the end of September.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee approved the revised plans for the site at a meeting in February after the original application was rejected over fears it would harm nearby traders.

Those behind the project say they have been “encouraged” by the support shown.