'About time' - Echo readers welcome plans to bring former Sunderland shop site back into use
Plans to open a new gym at the site of a former Sunderland shop have been praised by Echo readers for bringing a “derelict” building back into use.
Proposals have been lodged with Sunderland City Council to transform the former Storey Carpets, on Toll Bar Road, Ryhope, into a gym.
Readers have praised the idea for the vacant site – but also called for ample facilities to be provided for children and young people, including a creche or softplay.
Other reader suggestions for the building included a leisure centre for children and an indoor market.
A consultation period into the plan is now ongoing, with a final decision expected on Wednesday, March 11.
Here is how you reacted on the Sunderland Echo Facebook page:
Julie Carr: “Provide fitness classes for parents with young children and a creche for them to go into … when my children were young these classes were priceless at The Puma Centre Silksworth.”
Angela Finn: “Ice rink or roller skating rink and bowling alley for kids to have somewhere to go, never should have shut Crowtree Leisure Centre.”
Helen Sylvia Kerr Voura: “Swimming pools for schools and the young ‘uns, get them into sports again, out of the house away from too many internet games.”
Michael Hall: “Be right next to McDonald’s and the new Burger King and KFC, happy days!”
Jordan Wilson: “I agree they should develop something similar to the Crowtree and put a swimming pool here as well as soft play or indoor activities things.”
Garry Johnson: “Don’t think it is a prime location for a gym, maybe an indoor market like the in shops in the Galleries, with many traders for local small businesses to trade.”
Vicky LH: “Said for years it would make a good gym!”
Brenda Halliday: “Excellent idea within walking distance, no need to waste time getting buses to other gyms.”
Ann Huntley: “Make the facility affordable.”
Bill Walton: “What’s not to like?”
Dave Franks: “About time, been derelict for years.”