PLANS to improve the seafront at Cullercoats have moved a step closer.
Residents are being invited to have their say on draft proposals, which have already been on display.
Businesses in Victoria Crescent have also been contacted as they will be directly affected.
Residents and other businesses are being asked for their views so any final comments can be taken into account before the work starts in early January.
Improvements proposed for the Victoria Crescent area were first mooted last year following feedback given to the council.
One of the top five priorities highlighted was to reduce traffic speed and improve footpaths to create a more pedestrian friendly area in Cullercoats Bay.
The proposed new scheme of improvements to the street scene includes widening the footpath at the Queen’s Head for the coastal cycle path.
A new pedestrian and island crossing point could lead to the closure of the subway, which would be converted into storage or small business units.
A new loading bay would be provided for local businesses, but parking on pavements will be prevented due to granite blocks that will provide informal seating.
There will be traditional ‘Twiglet’ style seats provided, cycle stands, additional litter bins and planters, while the listed drinking fountain will be provided with an improved setting.
Mayor Linda Arkley said: “We have listened to what residents and businesses have told us and used their feedback to develop this scheme of improvements to make the heart of Cullercoats a more attractive place for residents and visitors.
“Now we need feedback from the public about whether they think this is the right approach before we start work.”
The plans are available in Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth Library and at www.northtyneside.gov.uk
Comments can be submitted up until October 31.
A drop-in session will be held at Cullercoats Community Centre on Monday, October 29, from 3pm to 6pm.