DELEGATES from Scotland have been given a first hand account of how the regeneration of North Shields Fish Quay has boosted the area.
Officials from the Eyemouth Harbour Trust, on the south east coast of Scotland, are keen to regenerate their harbour to boost the area and bring back tourists.
And on Friday they spent four hours touring the Fish Quay, talking to key stakeholders in the regeneration of the area and seeing first hand how the redevelopment took shape.
North Shields Western Fish Quay was redeveloped by Southbay Civils Ltd, earning the company two industry awards.
Lesley Milbourne, of LMC Associates, helped organise the meeting.
She said: “The visit went very well, everybody got a lot out of it.
“North Shields Fish Quay is still a very traditional place where they still land fish, with around £6.2m worth of fish landed last year.
“Eyemouth don’t get that much fishing there, but they are looking towards the tourism industry and have some civil engineers working on the plans.”
Lesley added that the representatives from Eyemouth Harbour Trust were impressed with the range of shops, cafés, restaurant and businesses located on the Fish Quay, and went away thinking up their own plans.
“The next plan will be for them to develop out their plans for the refurbishment of the quay, then I’ll go up there and see how we can develop the plans,” she said.
“Eyemouth is a different kind of port. There isn’t much fishing up there whereas North Shields is actually getting better as a fishing port.
“Those at Eyemouth are looking at the tourism trade, maybe bringing in cruise ships but their quay isn’t big enough for those to dock there, so they will have to find a way to ferry them in from outside the harbour.
“All in all, it was a great visit to North Shields.”