Bill Bellerby fights Council threat


The Sunderland Echo reports that work has begun on controversial plans to regenerate Sunderland’s seafront.

Businesses say proposals to ban vehicles from Marine Walk, in Roker, will cut them off from vital deliveries and the emergency services.

Pub landlords, an amusement arcade owner and a diving centre boss have come together to condemn the council scheme, which will see a barrier erected across the road in a bid to stop accidents during the summer season.

Paul Walsh, who runs popular music venue The Smugglers with partner Donna Gibson, first hit out at the scheme when it was mooted at the end of last year.

They joined forces with Bill Bellerby, who owns Roker Amusements and Cafe, and Bob Scullion, of the North East Diving Academy, to formally object.

But Sunderland City Council said no official appeal was lodged.

Now work has started at what the business owners say is the crucial start of their busy season. Mr Bellerby, who has run the amusement arcade for 40 years, said planners promised 20 parking spaces close to his property, but this has now been reduced to 10 disabled-only bays.

He said: “I know my family business and the jobs of my small staff are at risk. I have many customers who are disabled, also some from care homes in the local area, some are in wheelchairs and some can only walk a short distance.

“These new traffic proposals will decimate my family business.”

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Good luck with your campaign Bill. Best regards from a long lost cousin Tony Smith. ( Grandson of your grandads sister Theresa )
I did have a walk along the front in December but sadly you were closed

Tony Smith
Lymm Cheshire
26/02/2016, 16:15

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