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The Pilots Watchouse

Post by Pilot » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:37 pm

Did you see the notice in last nights Gazette ? Its in very small print and I missed it until I got a phone call today, but it looks like the end of the road for the Pilots Watchouse a building I have been associated with for nearly 50 years. Another piece of Shields history to be bulldozed. :(
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by sless » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:41 pm

blame our leader
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by J Jackson » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:44 pm

Is it up for sale ?
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by philip20 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:45 pm

Shhh Sless you will be sent to no 10 for detention. :D

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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by sless » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:46 pm

i wud rather have 6 of the best
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by mr-angry » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:48 pm

Watch out you don't get thrown in the skip with the rest of the old rubbish.
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by Pilot » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:55 pm

I think the plan is to pull it down
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by PartyGirl » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:34 pm

What/where is the Pilots Watchouse?

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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by curly » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:43 pm

It will make a nice flower bed for a few years (sadly)

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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by sless » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:24 pm

curly wrote:It will make a nice flower bed for a few years (sadly)
pity it couldnt be made into a car park our leader would have meters straight on it
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by jimmywizz » Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:00 am

Pilot wrote:I think the plan is to pull it down
any reason why it has to come down ?

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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by andysfootball » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:17 am

because it's there
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by PartyGirl » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:20 am

sless wrote:
curly wrote:It will make a nice flower bed for a few years (sadly)
pity it couldnt be made into a car park our leader would have meters straight on it
Don't get me started on parking meters!! Got a meeting with people from the Council next week and going to have to try my hardest not to have a soap box rant about it .. mainly cos it's a different department. The Council (majority of the time) are really proactive in tourism and stuff to the area but sticking parking meters up everywhere is just pathetic and no help at all.

Previously people would spend a full day down the coast and not have to worry about parking charges but now they either have to (a) get an all day ticket or (b) only spend 2-3 hours down here.

Seen 2 - yes 2 - traffic wardens working on Beach Road the other day, took all my willpower not to swerve and hit them!! I also think its sad they work in pairs!!

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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by Globalmyths » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:30 am

Hi PartyGirl where have you been hiding :lol:
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by ralph » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:31 am

Yes, not wise to swear or hit them when there's two of them. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by Pilot » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:54 am

Jimmy the Watchouse ceased to be the home of the Tyne Pilots 3 years ago, when the last of my colleagues retired, pilots are now also port ops officers and work out of the Harbourmasters office at North Shields. The Pilots of the Lawe go way back into the distant history of Shields, they were granted a charter from King Henry VIII for instance but that is now history, I had hoped the watchouse could become a small visitors centre and wrote to the gazette about 4 or 5 years ago but nothing came of it, I think Janis Blower intends to write on the subject in the Gazette.
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by andysfootball » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:24 am

could it be renovated and lived in.
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by Pilot » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:30 am

It would have the best views in Shields, but its inside parkland so I doubt you would get permission to convert it to a private dwelling.
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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by Delilahcat » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:45 pm

Who owns it, Pilot? That is the burning question.

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Re: The Pilots Watchouse

Post by Pilot » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:54 pm

The freehold of the land is owned by the Council as far as I know, the building was bought with money from a fund the then Mayor of Shields raised. Ownership of the building was given to the Tyne Pilotage Commissioners, as far as I can make out.
The Tyne Pilotage Commissioners became the Tyne pilotage Authority and that authority ceased to exist in 1988 when the Port of Tyne took over responsibility for pilotage on the Tyne. The Port of Tyne then took over ownership of the building. I think it is now surplus to requirements.
I seem to remember the building was only to be used as a Pilot watchouse, so changing its use maybe is not an option.
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