Event to show ideas for town

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Potential ideas for the visual improvement of Whitley Bay are to go on display at a special one day event.

Volunteers from the Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership will unveil their first visual interpretation of how the town could look with a few small changes.

The partnership – a ten-year Big Lottery funded community led initiative – is looking for feedback from the public when the impressions go on display at the Spanish City Dome on Monday, May 26.

The drawings by landscape architect Nick Wright will show how a few changes could transform the town’s look.

Suggestions include improving the look of some of the blighted derelict buildings, part pedestrianising some of the town’s walkways, and creating small, open quiet spaces for people to relax.

Lucy Harland, resident and partnership member, said: “We firmly believe that a few small changes could radically transform the look and feel of the town.

“Simple solutions to improving the visual appearance of some derelict buildings whilst we wait for the council to broker deals with developers will make such a huge difference.

“It is still early days and this is by no means an artist’s impression of how the town will look like overnight, but rather the beginnings of what could be a realistic vision for what Whitley Bay could become through working together to make a real difference.”

She added: “We really hope that people will come down and see the first drawings and provide their feedback and prompt discussion on how these can be developed further.

“Through the Big Local we are looking to facilitate ways in which people with a vested interest in the town can come together, provide them with the tools and the platforms that empower them in being able to make small changes that benefit the whole community.”

The first drawings follow several months of consultation with residents and businesses in Whitley Bay by the volunteer members of the Partnership and form part of a day-long Environment event at the Dome where visitors will be able to seek advice from a host of experts on how to improve the look and feel of their properties.