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Pybus restoration could be complete by the end of the year

Works to preserve a piece of local heritage in the Linthorpe conservation area are underway.
Following discussions between Tesco and Middlesbrough Council regarding a decorative balustrade and other alterations at their Roman Road store, the national supermarket chain have commissioned a stone mason to assess the works required to bring the building back to its former glory.
The balustrade was removed during repair works carried out on the building earlier this year and a ‘P’ from the Pybus Bros sign – a remnant of the days when the shop was one of a number owned in the town by the Middlesbrough grocer brothers – was also missing.
Cllr Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said it was anticipated that a specification for the work needed would be agreed in the coming weeks.
He added: “Subject to agreement of the Council’s planning department, the works are likely to take between five and six weeks to undertake and there is a 12 week lead in to the works for the ordering of materials.
“At this stage a positive resolution to restore the local heritage is therefore anticipated and it is hoped this would be achieved before the end of the year.”
Mark Thomas, Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager for the North of England, said: “We’re pleased to be working with the Council to ensure a positive outcome for the old Pybus building and remain committed to a collaborative approach so that restorations can be made.”
Because the building is in Linthorpe’s conservation area there is a requirement that properties are maintained to their current or original appearance, including materials.
Conservation areas are described as areas having “special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.
They are designated by local councils and their status means consent is needed for alterations which would not be normally required. It also gives councils the powers to refuse work which would be detrimental to local heritage.
Concerns were raised to Middlesbrough Council by concerned residents and ward councillor Steve Bloundele.