NORTH Tynesiders are being invited to have their say on plans for the future development of North Shields Fish Quay.
Drop-in sessions are being held on Saturday and next Wednesday to allow people to voice their opinions on North Tyneside Council’s proposed way forward for the fish quay and new quay conservation areas or to suggest alternative ideas of their own.
Ideas have already been put forward by a neighbourhood planning group – consisting of landowners, businesses and residents – but it is now appealing for input from the wider public.
Any further thoughts will be discussed as part of a neighbourhood planning pilot project, with the council then taking on board the final community-led plan.
Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “I am thrilled that North Tyneside was selected for a neighbourhood planning pilot.
“We were one of 17 areas initially selected by the government, and it is fantastic that residents have the opportunity to shape the future of the fish quay.
“This is a great example of how localism works, and I would urge as many residents as possible to go along and give their views on the regeneration of the area.”
The neighbourhood planning group was formed following a leaflet drop, open day and public meeting organised by the council.
The consultation will take into account views on what residents would like to see built and where.
It will also aim to address design issues to ensure that any future developments fit in with what is already there.
The drop-in sessions will take place on Saturday at North Shields Fishermen’s Mission and on Wednesday at the Nexus office in the town’s Beacon Centre. Both sessions will run from noon to 4pm.
In the meantime, council cabinet members have approved a £300,000 grant from the fish quay townscape heritage initiative common fund to be spent on the repair and restoration of the Old Low Light at Clifford’s Fort.
The £1m fund was set up in 2006 by the council and the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for improvements in the conservation area.
The council will contribute £176,250 of the grant, to be spent on the creation of a fish quay heritage centre, including a café and conference rooms, intended to give visitors an insight into the history of that stretch of the Tyne.