Leisure development on hold over CCTV row

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A £2m nightclub, bar and restaurant development in Sunderland has been put on hold after a row over security cameras.London-based owner St James...

A £2m nightclub, bar and restaurant development in Sunderland has been put on hold after a row over security cameras.

London-based owner St James Capital wants to convert the former post office in West Sunniside (pictured)​ into an attraction which would regenerate the city centre's nightlife.

But the redevelopment has been halted after Northumbria police said they wanted the company to pay £58,000 plus running costs for two CCTV cameras.

In a report to the council, St James Capital said it only needed one camera and would pay a maximum of £18,000, having originally offered £13,500.

But the police authority said this sum fell "far short of the minimum" needed to police any proposed nightclub site.

After the argument was referred back to the council, the company has agreed to meet with the authority.

Last year, the company bought the Edwardian Grade II listed building, which contains four storeys and measures 25,000sq ft.

The building, which has stood empty for three years, is regarded as being in a prime site in the city centre.

The company wants to convert the building into a bar, brasserie and restaurant on the ground floor with a basement nightclub and a late-night bar.

As well as serving drinks into the early hours, the premises would open early in the morning to serve breakfasts.

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