Demolition of Whitley Bay's Boardwalk Cafe agreed by council
A seafront cafe in Whitley Bay is to be demolished as part of a multimillion-pound regeneration project.
North Tyneside Council has backed the idea of knocking down the Boardwalk Cafe despite public opposition to the plan.
It is planning to expand the Northern Promenade which links the beach to the Spanish City area and new Plaza.
Campaigners against the demolition had collected a 2,300-name petition calling for the building to be saved.
But a meeting of the full council was told the structure is of poor quality and has no architectural or historic importance.
'Essential first step'
Two previous tenants have gone into liquidation owing creditors thousands of pounds - including £31,500 to the council.
The current occupier agreed to relinquish the lease last month and close the cafe after failing to pay the required rent to the authority.
Elected mayor Norma Redfearn called its demolition "a necessary and essential first step to opening up the Northern Promenade area and unlocking the improvements to Whitley Bay seafront".
A "masterplan" for the seafront area is being prepared and will be made public by the end of the year.
The council said £60m had already been invested in the area including the development of the Waves leisure centre, Playhouse theatre, Whitley Park and the Panama Skate Park.