Factory to be demolished next month

The disused factory in Amble that has over the years belonged to Jus Rol, Cheviot Foods and Northumberland Foods.
The disused factory in Amble that has over the years belonged to Jus Rol, Cheviot Foods and Northumberland Foods.

Demolition work on a derelict Amble factory could start in September, after permission was granted to knock it down.

And a number of ideas have been suggested for the future use of the former Northumberland Foods site.

The Coquet Enterprise Park premises have been vacant for more than a year.

A Northumberland County Council spokeswoman confirmed that approval has been granted to knock it down.

“We are progressing with the preliminary work that is needed before this can start.

“We hope that demolition will start in September and continue through the autumn months,” she said.

Future uses for the site have been discussed at a recent set of workshops, arranged and co-ordinated by The Design Council on behalf of the county council.

They were attended by representatives of Amble’s business and general communities along with town and county councillors and Amble Development Trust.

“A number of alternative ideas and proposals for the future of the former Northumberland Foods site specifically and for the regeneration of Amble town as a whole, were discussed and will be investigated in more detail,” added the county council spokeswoman.

Deputy mayor, Coun Craig Weir, said the workshops were ‘really good’ and there was ‘massive enthusiasm’ to find a way forward for the site.

He said that both short-term and longer-term options were discussed and there was a view to turn the site into a ‘hub’, possibly with craft stalls and retail outlets under one roof, with transport links to the town.

Colin Harris, chairman of Amble Business Club, said that some ‘good ideas’ came out of the workshops and that people from the town were keen to press ahead with some of the ideas as a ‘prototype’.

The factory has been empty since March 2011. It has since been branded an eyesore and become a magnet for anti-social behaviour and crime.

Earlier this year, the county council accepted the surrender of the ground lease of the site from administrator Begbies Traynor and applied to knock down the factory.