Future of sites up in the air, but both marketed for sale

The former St Cuthbert's RC First School in Amble.
The former St Cuthbert's RC First School in Amble.

The future of two sites in Amble is still up in the air, but both have been put up for sale.

Tesco is trying to attract interest in the plot adjacent to The Braid, after the supermarket giant axed plans for an eco-store at the start of the year.

The Gazette understands that the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has marketed for sale the former St Cuthbert’s RC First School, following its closure last summer.

At the time, Coun Robert Arckless said that there were a few issues to discuss regarding the future of the site.

Last week, a Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said: “Decisions regarding the site containing the school building are not made by the council due to it being owned by the RC Diocese.

“The site was marketed for sale and we envisage that the Diocese will advise on its current position.”

The Gazette contacted the Diocese for comment, but did not receive anything at the time of going to press.

Meanwhile, Tesco confirmed it is trying to sell its site. A spokesman said: “We’re actively marketing our Amble site and are considering all expressions of interest so we can make sure the site has a positive future.”

Community leaders in the town have welcomed the news. Coun Jane Dargue, who is Amble’s Deputy Mayor, said: “We will watch with interest to see what happens with the sale. It is something that we are very happy to see movement on.”