Green light for station market

One of the trial markets at Whitley Bay Metro Station.
One of the trial markets at Whitley Bay Metro Station.

A community market is going to become a regular site at a Metro station.

Planners at North Tyneside Council approved an application for monthly markets to take place at Whitley Bay Metro Station.

Visitors to a previous market at Whitley Bay Metro Station.

Visitors to a previous market at Whitley Bay Metro Station.

The plans had been submitted by volunteers at the Station Masters Centre, a not-for-profit group.

The council’s planning committee heard that eight trials had been held at the station, while the plans would also see one of the units turned into a space for musicians to rehearse.

A total of 26 letters of support and 14 letters of objection were received, with concerns about noise from the music studio and parking.

Committee members approved the application on a 12-month trial.

Duika Burges Watson, spokesperson for the group, said: “We are delighted to have support for a new monthly community market.

“The market which is to be known as Green Beans: the Community Market at Whitley Bay will be run as a not-for-profit monthly event.

“All proceeds from the market will be used to enhance the work at the Station Masters’ Community Wildlife Garden and other activities that support the health and well-being of local residents on North Tyneside.

“The Green Beans market is about promoting and supporting our local community and will focus on healthy food, local produce, gardening and upcycling – all with a creative focus.

“We are not looking to replicate other successful local markets and believe this will be a great addition to the local community of Whitley Bay and the coast.

“Over the last two years we have held eight test events which have been very successful.

“But we want to ensure that the market meets local needs, so are piloting the market over the next year to ensure there are no amenity issues for local residents.

“We will be encouraging people to come by foot, bicycle or to use the Metro.

“If successful, it may become a more regular feature in the future. The station provides the perfect venue; not only does it protect us from the north east elements but should the sun decide to shine we can spill out in to the garden.”

Sue Miller, volunteer board member at Whitley Bay Big Local, added: “The market is a great example of what can be achieved when a community comes together.

“It is wonderful to see so many dedicated people take an idea and turn it in to a reality.”

Subject to the approval of DB Regio the station operators, the market will be launched on Saturday, May 28, to support and coincide with the Whitley Bay carnival with subsequent markets taking place on the last Saturday of every month from 10am to 3pm.

For more information or to contact the market organisers email greenbeansmarket@gmail.com