Derelict buildings render beauty spot ‘shame of town’

Harvey McManus in his garden in Amble
Harvey McManus in his garden in Amble

The shame of Amble and worse than The Bronx – that is how one disgruntled resident has branded an area of a town beauty spot which is blighted by derelict buildings.

Harvey McManus’ home backs on to part of The Braid which is plagued by a number of empty buildings.

Derelict buildings behind Queen Street in Amble.

Derelict buildings behind Queen Street in Amble.

The 71-year-old says the structures are not only an eyesore, but also a frequent haunt for youths.

He is angry that the buildings have not been demolished by Tesco, which owns the land as part of its plans to build an eco-store. Work has stalled and a revised scheme is being drawn up.

“We have this slum on our beautiful Braid,” he said.

“It is the shame of Amble. It is worse than The Bronx and this area is a complaint of the people who live in this beautiful town. Tesco needs to knock the buildings down and get rid of this eyesore. There will be a terrible accident or a fire. The buildings have been vandalised and they are used as toilets and all sorts of disgusting things are left there. I’ve made more than 100 phone calls to the police.”

Mr McManus, who takes pride in his courtyard at the front of his property, added: “I have heaven at the front of my house, but hell behind.”

In 2011, the Gazette ran a series of stories about concerns over the buildings on The Braid.

A Tesco spokesman said a meeting with residents will be held shortly and quotes are being sought to tidy up the site.