An unsightly building that long stood derelict in a County Durham town centre has now been demolished.
The old Lord Byron pub in Seaham has been knocked down thanks to intervention from Durham County Council planning enforcement officers and local ward county councillors.
The eyesore, which was in the Seaham Conservation Area, stood derelict on Hawthorn Street from 2014 until its demolition in December 2018. It had become a major issue for many local residents as it attracted antisocial behaviour to the area.
This is a part of the council’s new approach to regenerating towns and villages that was agreed at Cabinet in December.
Cllr Kevin Shaw, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for strategic housing and assets, said: “Working together as team over a number of years we have finally achieved this positive outcome. We are aware of the concerns of the local community who we work very closely with and having removed this blight we will continue until we achieve positive outcomes on other similar sites in the local area.”
The demolition means the land can now be regenerated and makes way for future developments such as housing.
Cllr Carl Marshall, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “This example in Seaham shows that our approach has already been successful in bringing about physical improvements and regeneration of one of our main centres and we are looking forward to building on this with a new approach for our other towns and villages around the county.”