Demolition plans for former bank and library in Crook town centre

The Northern Echo: The former TSB building The former TSB building

A 170-year-old former bank and neighbouring empty library could be demolished within the next two months, potentially clearing the way for a supermarket.

Durham County Council wants to knock down the former TSB building and neighbouring library next to Crook marketplace.

The buildings sit next to a former council depot on Queen Street, and the authority has previously said they want to see a supermarket built on the one-hectare site.

The council has now applied to its own planning department for permission to demolish the two buildings on Elliot Street and remove trees that have self-seeded on the vacant land behind the former bank.

David Robinson, from the council’s neighbourhood services department, said the demolition would ideally be carried out in January or February subject to approval from planners.

He said: “The TSB and library sites will be levelled, covered with topsoil and seeded with grass until a new use for the area can be established.”

The TSB building was built in 1840 as a parochial school, but has fallen into a bad state of repair after standing empty for a number of years.

In a heritage report to the planners, neighbourhood services said: “Although the building looks impressive from a distance, on closer inspection it has no special features or detailing.

“Due to its condition it would be uneconomical to repair the building or to try and find a new use for it.”

The council said it has also suffered from vandalism and will continue to be a target for anti-social behaviour if it remains.

The authority contacted Beamish Museum to discuss a possible relocation, but the former bank was deemed to have “limited significance”, and there have been no other expressions of interest for using it in the last 15 years, the council said.

The 1970s-built library has stood empty since July 2012 when the service was moved into Crook Civic Centre.

The council said no future development has yet been confirmed, but estimated that a supermarket could create up to 120 new jobs.

The report said: “The site is considered to be deliverable for food retail, demolition of the buildings will improve the prospect of retail development coming forward.”

The council will be consulting on the demolition plan until Tuesday, January 7.

For more information, visit planning.wearvalley.gov.uk

The application reference number is 3/2013/0439.

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11:26am Tue 31 Dec 13

settheworldonfire says...

What muppets...no-one in Crook wants this ridiculous supermarket there.....there are better sites for it...Councilor muppet Eddie Murphy has backed the idea just like he back ed the closure of Crook leisure center...
Why do they never listen to the people of crook?...
Backhanders already paid out i bet....
What muppets...no-one in Crook wants this ridiculous supermarket there.....there are better sites for it...Councilor muppet Eddie Murphy has backed the idea just like he back ed the closure of Crook leisure center... Why do they never listen to the people of crook?... Backhanders already paid out i bet.... settheworldonfire

11:32am Tue 31 Dec 13

justathought. says...

I think its a great idea and I know the majority of people I have spoken to feel the same. We have no supermarket only the coop which needs demolishing as well.
Sooner we get it built the better.
I think its a great idea and I know the majority of people I have spoken to feel the same. We have no supermarket only the coop which needs demolishing as well. Sooner we get it built the better. justathought.

6:40pm Tue 31 Dec 13

dohahn says...

How sad that materialism continues to take over disregarding people's deeper values and heritage. This building should have been preserved and taken care of a long time ago. That would have avoided the vandalism and other issues which are now being used to justify doing away with yet another piece of Crook Town's heritage!
How sad that materialism continues to take over disregarding people's deeper values and heritage. This building should have been preserved and taken care of a long time ago. That would have avoided the vandalism and other issues which are now being used to justify doing away with yet another piece of Crook Town's heritage! dohahn

9:51am Thu 2 Jan 14

cupid stunt says...

settheworldonfire wrote:
What muppets...no-one in Crook wants this ridiculous supermarket there.....there are better sites for it...Councilor muppet Eddie Murphy has backed the idea just like he back ed the closure of Crook leisure center...
Why do they never listen to the people of crook?...
Backhanders already paid out i bet....
why insult the muppets,
[quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: What muppets...no-one in Crook wants this ridiculous supermarket there.....there are better sites for it...Councilor muppet Eddie Murphy has backed the idea just like he back ed the closure of Crook leisure center... Why do they never listen to the people of crook?... Backhanders already paid out i bet....[/p][/quote]why insult the muppets, cupid stunt

11:01am Thu 2 Jan 14

settheworldonfire says...

cupid stunt wrote:
settheworldonfire wrote:
What muppets...no-one in Crook wants this ridiculous supermarket there.....there are better sites for it...Councilor muppet Eddie Murphy has backed the idea just like he back ed the closure of Crook leisure center...
Why do they never listen to the people of crook?...
Backhanders already paid out i bet....
why insult the muppets,
Harsh but true....What do the so called councilors of Crook do for Crook...NOTHING.....
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Take Eddie Murphy...Gave most of his council budget to Crook football club and the area action partnership...of which he is on committees...Plus towards Crook carnival...If you ask him for help you get none unless it benefits his ego..Also you should check out how many council committees he and Eddie Tomlinson are on..LOADS...Where is the parking going to be...oh...the market place...They have the opportunity to use Crook f.c.-s ground and build Crook a new community ground...but i guess the backhanders have already been done..
[quote][p][bold]cupid stunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: What muppets...no-one in Crook wants this ridiculous supermarket there.....there are better sites for it...Councilor muppet Eddie Murphy has backed the idea just like he back ed the closure of Crook leisure center... Why do they never listen to the people of crook?... Backhanders already paid out i bet....[/p][/quote]why insult the muppets,[/p][/quote]Harsh but true....What do the so called councilors of Crook do for Crook...NOTHING..... . Take Eddie Murphy...Gave most of his council budget to Crook football club and the area action partnership...of which he is on committees...Plus towards Crook carnival...If you ask him for help you get none unless it benefits his ego..Also you should check out how many council committees he and Eddie Tomlinson are on..LOADS...Where is the parking going to be...oh...the market place...They have the opportunity to use Crook f.c.-s ground and build Crook a new community ground...but i guess the backhanders have already been done.. settheworldonfire

11:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

IanfromCrook says...

settheworldonfire wrote:
cupid stunt wrote:
settheworldonfire wrote:
What muppets...no-one in Crook wants this ridiculous supermarket there.....there are better sites for it...Councilor muppet Eddie Murphy has backed the idea just like he back ed the closure of Crook leisure center...
Why do they never listen to the people of crook?...
Backhanders already paid out i bet....
why insult the muppets,
Harsh but true....What do the so called councilors of Crook do for Crook...NOTHING.....

.
Take Eddie Murphy...Gave most of his council budget to Crook football club and the area action partnership...of which he is on committees...Plus towards Crook carnival...If you ask him for help you get none unless it benefits his ego..Also you should check out how many council committees he and Eddie Tomlinson are on..LOADS...Where is the parking going to be...oh...the market place...They have the opportunity to use Crook f.c.-s ground and build Crook a new community ground...but i guess the backhanders have already been done..
Agree with the sentiment regarding Mr Henigs little pawns though I have to disagree with you regarding Eddie Murphy who opposed closing the leisure centre and has been the only councillor to prefer/back the Jomast/football ground/supermarket plan which I agree with (as apparently do you). As for the comment nobody wants a supermarket I believe you meant to say everyone(well nearly minus henig and the sheep) wants a decent size supermarket. They even ignored their own survey which suggested demolishing the co-op and police station putting a decent size supermarket there. You have to dig awful hard for the truth they publish loads of junk in the guise of openness and appear to give people a say when in reality the complete opposite is true.
[quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cupid stunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: What muppets...no-one in Crook wants this ridiculous supermarket there.....there are better sites for it...Councilor muppet Eddie Murphy has backed the idea just like he back ed the closure of Crook leisure center... Why do they never listen to the people of crook?... Backhanders already paid out i bet....[/p][/quote]why insult the muppets,[/p][/quote]Harsh but true....What do the so called councilors of Crook do for Crook...NOTHING..... . Take Eddie Murphy...Gave most of his council budget to Crook football club and the area action partnership...of which he is on committees...Plus towards Crook carnival...If you ask him for help you get none unless it benefits his ego..Also you should check out how many council committees he and Eddie Tomlinson are on..LOADS...Where is the parking going to be...oh...the market place...They have the opportunity to use Crook f.c.-s ground and build Crook a new community ground...but i guess the backhanders have already been done..[/p][/quote]Agree with the sentiment regarding Mr Henigs little pawns though I have to disagree with you regarding Eddie Murphy who opposed closing the leisure centre and has been the only councillor to prefer/back the Jomast/football ground/supermarket plan which I agree with (as apparently do you). As for the comment nobody wants a supermarket I believe you meant to say everyone(well nearly minus henig and the sheep) wants a decent size supermarket. They even ignored their own survey which suggested demolishing the co-op and police station putting a decent size supermarket there. You have to dig awful hard for the truth they publish loads of junk in the guise of openness and appear to give people a say when in reality the complete opposite is true. IanfromCrook

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