Council crane will create up to 1,000 jobs

A decision to spend nearly £1m on a crane sited on the former Swan Hunter shipyard site has been defended as ‘money well spent’.

Mayor Norma Redfearn says the crane will help the borough attract around 1,000 new jobs and will be an asset as other sites do not have the facilities on the North Bank of the Tyne.

North Tyneside Council obtained planning permission for the £900,000 crane last March before taking ownership last November following a legal challenge.

Speaking at a meeting last Thursday, Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The investment in the former shipyard site will bring up to 1,000 jobs.

“This site is very much open for business – work is continuing on the major infrastructure works to the Swans site, with substantial construction work due to begin this spring.

“Every effort is being made to accelerate these works, however, some are seasonal, such as works to the quay, which can only be carried out in the summer, while others such as the dredging of the river are subject to regulatory requirement.

“The quay operations on the site will be managed directly by the authority.”