Just to set the record straight, I am not the chairwoman of the local Conservative Association (News Guardian, letters, October 17).
I am the ward secretary for St Mary’s Ward and do take a keen interest in taking forward issues which affect Whitley Bay as I feel there are many residents, both new and long-standing, that just want the best for this pleasant town and want to see it prosper and flourish under whatever political administration is in power.
First and foremost the town has a natural vista being positioned right on the coast of the North Sea and it is part of the coastal strip which is much sort after by residents, visitors from far and near, and it is a responsibility to keep the area clean, with good transport links and amenities in this 21st century.
It is unique and should be cared for as such.
Regarding the Dome regeneration and monies required to take whatever plans will eventually be used to regenerate this important area, it is hoped that Heritage Lottery Funding can be obtained for this and wish the present mayor well in putting in a further bid encapsulating the wishes of the residents of the area.
As the piazza area becomes accessible to the public on completion, the next natural part of this jigsaw is the refurbishment of the Dome and because funding is difficult to obtain for such a large scheme, sensible decisions will have to be made with the money that does hopefully come forward.
At the heart of this is bringing this part of Whitley Bay back to life and tidying up the whole area around the Dome in the best possible way for everyone.
It should be a complete leisure environment to be enjoyed.