Safety fears over ‘crumbling’ Victorian seafront tram shelter

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.
Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.
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A seafront shelter which has kept generations of Wearsiders dry has been left to crumble, according to a city councillor.

George Howe, the Conservative member for Fulwell, has raised concerns about the state of the Victorian tram shelter on the A183 Whitburn Road, next to Cliff Park.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

He has spotted around a dozen tiles have worked their way loose from its roof, sparking safety fears they could fall.

Councillor Howe said: “It’s a high structure and this is on the roof, so I don’t think this has been caused by vandals.

“I think it is down to maintenance .

“I think it’s a job which needs done because it’s dangerous.

I think it is down to maintenance

Councillor George Howe

“People should be aware of it.

“The council should know about it and I will be taking it up with them.

“You can see the tiles have come down and the guttering.”

The damage has been caused to the south side of the structure.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Harry Trueman said: “As Councillor Howe no doubt appreciates our maintenance budget operates under severe financial constraints, but we continue to address any structural concerns brought directly to our attention as quickly as possible.

“The Victorian Tram Shelter is an important part of our cultural heritage.

“The council recognise this and has applied to the Coastal Revival Fund for funding to undertake a feasibility study to explore opportunities to bring the shelter and other historic buildings along the coast back in to use.”

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.

Coun George Howe concerned about poor maintenance of the old tram shelter at Seaburn.