Tesco land grot spot demolished

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COUNCILLORS are delighted an eyesore building on Tesco-owned land has finally been demolished.

The portable cabin, known as the Pop-in, opposite the Peterlee Lodge Hotel, in Burnhope Way, served the community for 40 years, providing hot meals to locals before closing in 2007.

Durham county councillor for Peterlee East, Audrey Laing, who served meals to the elderly there, has campaigned for the past 18 months for action on the grot spot.

The Labour councillor said: “I have been fighting the cause for quite some time with the planning department and Tesco to try and resolve getting it brought down.

“We are absolutely delighted we haven’t got a blot on the horizon any longer.”

Despite calls for the derelict East Durham College nearby to be demolished, Tesco said such a move would cut off mains power to the adjoining library.

Tesco is planning to build a new supermarket on the site.

Bosses recently announced plans to downsize the proposed store.

Council leader Coun Bill Jeffrey said: “We urge both Tesco and the county council to work together to make sure that this much-needed project is delivered as soon as possible.

“In the meantime, we will be asking Tesco to tidy up the area and make it more attractive.”