Group gets more time with its plans for pool

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Residents keen to see an outdoor pool restored to its former glory are celebrating after having their proposals initially supported.

North Tyneside Council has announced the Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, the community organisation set up to drive the redevelopment of the derelict outdoor pool site on the sea front, had won ‘in-principal’ support.

The announcement means that the Friends – who are backed by national and internationally renowned architects, engineers, planners and commercial law specialists – will have a further year to hone their proposals.

And in an added boost, they will have support and help from the council’s key officers.

Barry Bell, one of the founding members of the Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, said: “We’re delighted that North Tyneside Council have offered their support to the development of this project, and we’re excited to have this opportunity to work alongside council officers to progress our ideas.

“Having the council as a key partner was always something we’d hoped for, and now that we have their support we’ve taken another huge step towards making this amazing regeneration project a reality.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “As Mayor I am committed to helping our communities to be actively involved in making decisions and shaping their local areas.

“The support provided by officers can help Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool to explore the options and hopefully get everything in place to ensure they can make their ambition a reality for the benefit of local people.”

The Friends group was set up in response to the council’s original plans to concrete over the pool to create an outdoor space. Within weeks, they had thousands of people pledging support via Facebook, and officials spent four months at the end of 2012 drawing up their current plans.