Hundreds back plans to regenerate Dome

Public Exhibition at The Dome, Whitley Bay.'REF 2409139481
Public Exhibition at The Dome, Whitley Bay.'REF 2409139481

Hundreds of people have backed plans to restore Whitley Bay’s Spanish City Dome.

More than 700 people – including some from Manchester, Glasgow, London, Sweden and Canada – attended three events giving their views on the Dome and backing calls for the Heritage Lottery Fund to award a £3.5m grant which would restore it to its former glory.

Suggestions for the Dome include turning it into a community facility, conference or wedding venue, a music arena or a leisure centre.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It’s clear that people are passionate about the Dome.

“They see it as part of our heritage and, like me, they want to end years of neglect and bring it back to life.

“We want the Spanish City Dome site to once again be the symbol of a successful seaside, restoring pride and attracting more visitors and investment.

“Now that people have said that they want the restoration of the Dome and the Spanish City area to go ahead, I’m determined to make it happen.

“This council will be restarting the regeneration of the area. We want to transform Whitley Bay and the coast so that it is the number one destination for families, tourists and businesses.”

All expressions of support have been collated by North Tyneside Council’s regeneration team and will be delivered to the HLF, which is currently considering the first stage of a new grant application.