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Get Carter demolition 'on hold'

Trinity Square car park in Gateshead

Gateshead's Get Carter car park will remain standing until Tesco's plans for the town centre are satisfactory, council bosses have said.

The Tyneside landmark, which featured in the crime thriller starring Michael Caine, is the centrepiece of the 1960s Trinity Square shopping centre.

Demolition of the surrounding development started about a year ago.

Tesco said it was making good progress on the plans, which currently include a new supermarket, bars and restaurants.

Negotiations between Gateshead Council and the firm have been going on since the Trinity Square revamp was announced in 2007.

However, questions have been raised about the length of time it is taking for demolition to begin at the car park, which is seen by many as an eyesore.

A council spokesman said the plans were being finalised and that an announcement would hopefully be made very soon.

Tesco has yet to submit a planning application for the site.

Jennifer Duncan, Tesco corporate affairs manager, said: "We are making good progress on the Trinity Square development and hope to announce further details in the New Year."



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