CONSERVATION AREA: Volunteers can play a key part

I would like to thank all those who took the time to come to the Tynemouth Conservation Area Management Strategy (TCAMS) meeting last week. The numbers turning up were very heartening indeed.

This is the first meeting set up formally, with the support of North Tyneside Council, to help local people take part in working with TCAMS to see how we can help shape the future of Tynemouth.

At the meeting, discussion ranged from traffic, parking and how the taxi rank can operate better than it does, through to planning applications within the conservation area.

The TCAMS document adopted last year as supplementary planning guidance has something to say on most issues, and it is the job of the new TCAMS team to see how it can be used to improve and enhance Tynemouth through ‘proactive and co-ordinated conservation, planning, regeneration and management action’.

As the newly elected chairman of the group, I now need volunteers to help me steer it, organise the four meetings per year, and also keep me in touch with anybody interested in Tynemouth, including residents from within and outwith the conservation area, local interest groups, organisations and businesses.

People from all these turned up to hear representatives from the council discuss and consult with us. As a result, useful ideas will be inputted into the decisions made about Tynemouth, in this latter case concerning the taxi rank.

From the meeting, a next step is for a sub-group to work with engineers to look at traffic management and parking for the area as a whole.

So thank you all who attended, and thank you to the three council officers who came with information and to consult with us.

If any readers have an interest in Tynemouth and would like to keep in touch with TCAMS, or get involved, please get in touch with me at joan.harvey@ncl.ac.uk so I can seek your views, report back on any issues and also notify you about the next meeting, which will be in October, and at a larger venue.

Dr Joan Harvey

Tynemouth