Residents pick pavements and roads for improvements

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RESIDENTS have outlined which roads and pavements should be improved in Whitley Bay.

North Tyneside Council has earmarked £250,000 to be spent by Whitley Bay Area Forum on improvements, as well as the authority’s existing highway budgets.

And at a recent forum meeting, residents were asked which schemes they would like to see funding.

Costs for the prioritised schemes will be outlined at the next forum meeting in March, with work due to begin in April.

Coun Pam McIntyre, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “It was great that so many people passionate about Whitley Bay came out to voice their opinions and found out more about the future of the town.

“As a result, we are in a much better position to make decisions affecting Whitley Bay, which is what our area forums are all about – giving residents the opportunity to shape what happens in their community.”

Residents who attended the event in Livingstone Hall were also updated about the council’s response to the recent extreme winter weather, covering issues such as the gritting of roads and pavements.

Additionally, there was feedback concerning the ongoing regeneration of the seaside town, including repairs to beach access steps, ramps, handrails and walkways at the coast.

People were also brought up to date with work at the Spanish City Dome and its road link, as well as a potential visitor centre at St Mary’s Headland and Whitley Park’s water play scheme.

The next meeting of Whitley Bay Area Forum will be held in the Shiremoor Centre on Tuesday, March 10, from 6pm to 8pm.