A FORMER pub has been demolished to make way for a new food store.
The Pink Domino, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, has been toppled to be replaced with a new Farmfoods store in a move which will create 15 new jobs.
Demolition work has been ongoing for the past fortnight after metal fences were erected around the building.
The work, which was carried out by the John Wade group, involved timber being stripped from inside the pub ahead of the building being demolished.
It is not yet clear when work to build the new food store will begin.
Plans for the store were approved by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee despite vocal objections from devastated residents angry over the loss of their local pub.
They argued it should remain as a pub because of a covenant dating back to when the council owned the land. Concerns around the new store’s location, traffic and road safety were also raised.
But planners said the covenant was a civil matter and officers say they cannot reasonably withhold its release.
It has been agreed recently that half of the money from releasing the covenant will go back into the community with residents and local councillors all having a say about how the cash will be spent.
The rest of the cash will go into the council’s capital receipts pot.
Planning officers have previously said the positives of the development outweighed the loss of the building, while Farmfoods said the pub was no longer viable and Enterprise Inns said the decision had been taken after “careful consideration”.
When the new store does open, its proposed opening hours are 7am-10pm Monday to Friday, 7am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.
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