Former youth club to be demolished after arson attack

Hetton Lyons Boys Club building on Lyons Avenue is set for demolition.
Hetton Lyons Boys Club building on Lyons Avenue is set for demolition.
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A FIRE-HIT former youth club is to be demolished.

The derelict former Hetton Lyons Boys’ Club, which was opened in 1963 by the Queen Mother, will be razed to the ground after it was severely damaged in a suspected arson attack in August, leaving it in a dangerous condition.

The demolition of the former Lyons Colliery offices, off Lyons Avenue, has been welcomed by nearby residents who commented on a planning application submitted by applicant David Bowes-Lyon.

Lyons Gardens residents Brian Craggs and Rosalind Oliver submitted representations in support of the application.

Mr Craggs said: “I fully support the demolition of this building. It is long overdue.

“Over the last six-plus years, we have had to put up with antisocial behaviour, drug-taking and dealing, arson, fly-tipping and noise from drunken youths in the early hours of the morning.

“Demolishing this building will hopefully put an end to this.”

The application states that the two-storey building is “damaged beyond economic reinstatement” and calls for the site to be cleared “pending development”.

The club opened to girls in 1972 and became one of the best-known local youth centres, but got into financial difficulties in the early 1990s before closing and falling into disrepair.