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BEING born 'Over the Border' [...].

BEING born 'Over the Border' before the war and remembering it as it was, a thriving community, it is a disgrace to see how this part of our history is now.

On February 15, the Gazette's Remember When outlined the state of this area and questions why Mayor Mallon has left this area to decay to a state of dereliction.

When we visit other parts of the country, such areas are proudly promoted and displayed as part of their heritage. SQ

In recent years work has been done on the old Custom House with the aid of grant funding, but who wants to fight their way through an area of dereliction to get to it? It is high time the few buildings left were looked at with a view to restoration.

Wouldn't this be a perfect opportunity as a training exercise to teach apprenticeship skills in bricklaying, joinery, plastering, painting, plumbing, roofing, etc? I am totally baffled that the department responsible for all the demolition in recent years is called 'Regeneration', because all they seem to do is demolish vast areas of the town - Over the Border, Whinney Banks, Grove Hill, and Gresham.

BILL HAWTHORNE, Independent Councillor, Ayresome Ward


The old Middlesbrough Town Hall 'Over the Border' and next to it the Transporter Bridge pictured by reader Tony Winward
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2014
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