Calls made for owners of Whitburn Lodge to demolish venue for good

South Tyneside’s council leader has said councillors are calling for pressure to be put on the owners of the fire-hit former Whitburn Lodge Pub to demolish the building.

The derelict site in Mill Lane was left gutted by a New Year’s Day blaze which destroyed large sections of the roof and caused extensive damage inside.

Crews spent several hours bringing the inferno under control after it broke out around 4.30pm, eventually declaring it “completely extinguished” at about 11.40pm.

At the latest meeting of East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum (CAF) on Thursday (January 5), council leader Councillor Tracey Dixon