LISTENING? Lighthouse plans are exciting

I’ve just returned from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. There was a really good atmosphere, excellent weather (though I can’t really congratulate North Tyneside Council on that), and it was all well organised.

The floral displays opposite the Spanish City and at the Panama Dip in Whitley Bay look magnificent.

The environmental team at North Tyneside Council were vigilant and efficient in removing a large quantity of dangerous, broken glass strewn across the Spanish City Plaza on Sunday morning.

More plans have been drawn up for improvements along our coast, but this time they are actually quite exciting. The plans are for St Mary’s Island and include toilets, community and school education space, what looks like a wonderful outside terrace, and best of all, the return of the original optic to the lighthouse.

Does this mean the previous plans for a steel and glass visitor centre at Curry’s Point in the lighthouse car park have been shelved? Does this mean that North Tyneside Council actually has been listening?

Noreen Rees

Whitley Bay