Cabinet to consider coast plan

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A £30m plan to improve Whitley Bay’s coastline could be formally adopted following public feedback.

North Tyneside Council’s cabinet members will discuss the £30m ‘Master Plan’ for regenerating Whitley Bay seafront following four months of consultation.

At their meeting next Monday, members will consider the feedback and be asked to formally adopt the plan as the blueprint to regenerate the seafront from the southern lower promenade to St Mary’s Lighthouse.

Work has already started on some areas of the plan, including the demolition of the former Boardwalk Café.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The ‘Whitley Bay Seafront Master Plan’ has been prepared to provide a clear vision for the regeneration of this important part of the borough’s coast.

“It takes into account the ambition of the local community and the authority to see a regenerated and rejuvenated coast and seaside resort that is a popular visitor destination as well as an important leisure resource for local residents.”

She added: “I know among the feedback there was a strong message that residents wanted us to get on with the project and deliver improvement for Whitley Bay and particularly the Dome.

“As a listening cabinet we are keen to do that and make sure this is once again an attractive destination for residents and visitors.”

The plan was developed in response to previous feedback from the public through a range of opportunities over a number of years.

Following the public feedback, a range of suggestions for further improvements were also put forward and have been considered, with the majority being accommodated as the part of the detailed Master plan process on individual projects.

The proposals are a mix of council and private sector developments and will see more than £30m of new investment at the coast.

It will involve a mix of schemes set to be funded by North Tyneside Council and its partners as well as plans put forward by private developers – all aimed at making the area even more attractive to visitors, residents and businesses.

These include plans for a £1m visitor centre development at St Mary’s Headland, proposals to improve the Watts Slope area of Whitley Bay, plans for the future of the Spanish City Dome, significant promenade improvements, attractive landscaping, extra lighting and more.

The Master Plan is available on www.northtyneside.gov.uk