Shut pub a blight on Wearside village, claims politician

Coun. Colin Wakefield outside the boarded up Jolly Potter, Newbottle.
Coun. Colin Wakefield outside the boarded up Jolly Potter, Newbottle.
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A BOARDED-UP boozer is a blight on a Wearside community, a councillor claimed today.

The up-for-sale Jolly Potter Pub, in Newbottle, has lain empty for the past month, with its windows covered by metal sheeting.

Coun Colin Wakefield, who represents Copt Hill ward, says the boarded-up boozer is a blight on the area.

The independent councillor said that the boards have been up for the last six weeks, with a number of residents telling him they are unhappy at the site of the building in its current state.

Coun Wakefield said: “It’s a real eyesore which is in the middle of a conservation area.“

“I think they (the brewery) put the shutters up because it suits them.

“But it’s not the image you want to project in a conservation area.”

Coun Wakefield added that he hopes someone can takeover the pub and revive its fortunes.

“It’s a real shame as well because really, it’s an attractive building,” he said.

Owner of the Jolly Potter, Admiral Taverns, said the boards have been used to guard against potential vandalism.

The company has about 1,100 pubs, with many on Wearside and in the rest across the North East.

Andy Clifford, property and strategy director at Admiral, said: “From time-to-time we review the pubs in our estate, and occasionally we do have to take the decision to sell a pub that no longer fits our criteria for ownership.

“The Jolly Potter is such a pub.”

He added: “It is always our preference that any pub that we sell remains as a pub, although we have to accept that the issue of future use will ultimately pass into the hands of any new owner and of course the local planning authorities.”

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