Firms are happy with progress

TRADERS say they are delighted with improvements to their town in recent months but are determined not to rest on their laurels.

Despite the economic problems which has hit the rest of the UK and Europe, Whitley Bay has undergone a resurgence with a number of new businesses opening in the town.

And traders are delighted that the town is bucking the national trend with the number of empty retail units decreasing.

Partnership work between Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade and North Tyneside Council has also seen general improvements around the town.

Speaking at the last chamber of trade meeting, chairman Karen Goldfinch said: “The town is looking much tidier than it has done.

“It is tidy and colourful thanks to the new ‘Lighthouse’ on Marden Road South roundabout and new floral displays.

“We had issues with weeds but working with the council has helped resolve those.

“We’re now moving onto painting the street furniture.”

She added: “We’ve got some award winning businesses in the town.”

The chamber of trade has also worked closely with Whitley Bay Football Club over the last three years following their success on the football field.

Club chairman Paul McIlduff said: “We’d like to thank the chamber for your support over the last three years, it’s been fantastic and we really appreciate it.”

Working with police and pub owners as part of the Shopwatch and Pubwatch schemes has resulted in less crime and disorder in the town.