Event to showcase plans for Wallsend

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A special event is being held to give residents more insight into plans to regenerate Wallsend.

Plans for the future regeneration of the town, including details of developments for the Forum Shopping Centre and the Swans site on the River Tyne, will be on display at Wallsend Customer First Centre from Wednesday, February 11, to Friday, February 20.

The centre will be open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 4pm on Friday.

Visitors to the event will be able to view the latest planned developments for the Forum Shopping Centre, to be delivered by the centre’s owners, New River. These include plans for a new supermarket, a Burger King and car park.

Residents will also be able to learn more about the progress being made to develop the former Swan Hunter shipyard – Swans. This will include an update on plans to operate a successful working quay, complete with fixed crane, by late summer.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We want Wallsend to thrive, prosper and be a place to be proud of and this event will showcase how we plan to work with residents, businesses and other partners to secure a bright future for Wallsend, for generations to come.

“Wallsend town centre is being transformed into a modern and vibrant place to shop and relax, and we have some fantastic new facilities in the pipeline, including plans to bring a major supermarket and drive-through Burger King to Wallsend.

“More than £100m is being invested to develop the Swans site into a brand new hub for industry, and this will play a major part in Wallsend’s bright economic future, bringing major employers and up to 1,000 local jobs.

“These are really exciting times for Wallsend and this event will allow residents and visitors to see the ambitious plans we have in place for the town.”

The regeneration of the Swans site is one of North Tyneside Council’s highest priorities in relation to export-led growth and job creation.

More than £100m will be spent on re-developing the site, using a mix of funding from the European Regional Development Fund, Homes and Communities Agency, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, private sector and council investment.

The event will also showcase a wide range of other schemes, including housing developments, Wallsend Parks, Hadrian Leisure Centre, the former Wallsend Town Hall, former Wallsend Police Station and former Wallsend Library. It will also include displays from Nexus and the Business Factory.