Council set to put its masterplan for the coast on show

Fresh plans to revitalise the coast at Whitley Bay are to go under the public spotlight next week, including proposals for a new £1m visitor centre.

North Tyneside Council has spent the past few months putting together a new masterplan for the seafront stretching from the central promenade to St Mary’s Island.

And now the proposals are to go on public display over two days next week.

The detailed masterplan will show the local authority’s multi-million pound future vision for the seafront.

Artistic impressions and plans will be on show at Whitley Bay’s Customer First Centre on Monday, December 15, from 2pm to 5pm, and Tuesday, December 16, from 2pm to 8pm, with council officers also on hand to answer any questions.

The two-day event will allow the public to give their views on the proposals being put forward.

The council said the displays will showcase a mixture of schemes set to be funded by the authority 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.

Among the plans are a £1m visitor centre development at St Mary’s Island, proposals to improve the Watts Slope area and access to the Northern Promenade, better links to the Spanish City Plaza, plus options for attractive landscaping and much more.

It will also include an update on progress at Whitley Bay’s iconic Spanish City and reveal more about plans to bring a hotel to the site next to the Dome.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve finally reached the stage where we can reveal the details of our ambitious masterplan. I know that residents have been keen to see these plans for some time, and I’m delighted that we’re now able to share them publicly.

“These proposals will enable us to make real progress on the improvements that residents and visitors have told us are needed to make Whitley Bay seafront a vibrant, attractive and appealing destination once again.”

Members of council staff will be on hand to explain the plans and answer any questions, and visitors to the event will have the chance to share their views on the proposals.

The Whitley Bay Big Local group will also be at the event to showcase their plans for the town and seafront, including an attractive gateway to link the town centre to the coast.