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Iconic car park to go in revamp
Gateshead 'Get Carter' car park
The "Get Carter" car park is set for demolition in Autumn
A controversial Tyneside landmark is to be demolished under multi-million pound plans to regenerate a town centre.

Gateshead's multi-storey car park became famous when it was featured in the classic Michael Caine gangster movie, Get Carter.

It is now set to be bulldozed alongside the nearby indoor market.

Plans for a new development in Trinity Square including a Tesco store, cafes, restaurants, a cinema and apartments, are to go before the public.

Local demand

The market hall is planned to be vacated at the end of August and the demolition of the car park will begin in the Autumn.

Councillor Mick Henry, leader of Gateshead Council, said:: "This is a significant step towards the future of Gateshead's centre, we have waited a long time to attract a high quality development in the area.

"It is unavoidable that regeneration on this scale will mean major changes but without it we could not deliver a modern centre that local people deserve.

"A new centre with up-to-date shopping facilities is what local people have told us they want, and regeneration of the area is what Gateshead needs to boost the economy, satisfy local demand and attract residents and visitors who currently shop elsewhere."

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