Major funding boost for ambitious North Shields plans

Exciting plans to breathe new life into North Shields have been handed a multi-million pound funding boost.

Friday, 12th February 2021, 10:00 am
Funding has been secured for a new ferry landing in North Shields.

North Tyneside Council has been awarded £3.5million from the Government’s Getting Building Fund, run by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), for a number of major improvements to the Howard Street and Northumberland Square areas.

In addition, Nexus has secured more than £5million to relocate the landing for the cross-Tyne ferry service to Western Quay to bring the ferry to the heart of the Fish Quay.

It is part of the council’s Ambition for North Shields master plan, aimed at transforming the town centre and riverside.

The changes to North Shields’ historic areas of Northumberland Square and Howard Street will complement the proposals which are part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project.

They include creating an attractive and more pedestrian-friendly route along West Percy Street between Northumberland Square and Bedford Street.

The appearance of historic Howard Street will also be improved and trees will be planted lining the street with high-quality natural materials and street furniture in keeping with the conservation area.

Coun Bruce Pickard, cabinet member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Our ambitious plans will transform North Shields town centre and the riverside and will greatly benefit communities and businesses by attracting more people there and creating somewhere to be proud of.

“Our successful bid is another great piece of news following our other recent successful funding bid to the High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme as well as the approval from Cabinet to press ahead with the plans.

“We also look forward to continuing to work with our partners at Nexus to relocate the ferry landing into the master plan area, which will complement the work to transform the area and help secure the long-term future of this important service.”

Helen Golightly, chief executive of the LEP, said: “North Shields, and in particular North Shields Fish Quay, has gone through a dramatic transformation in recent years and has become a popular visitor destination.

“The funding from government’s Getting Building Fund will support North Tyneside Council’s broader masterplan for the area, which aims to turn the town centre and Fish Quay into an attractive, family friendly destination.

“The Fund has invested heavily in North Tyneside, with more than £5m being awarded to Nexus to create a new North Shields ferry landing in the heart of the Fish Quay.”

Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “Our plans to locate a new Shields ferry landing at the Western Quay will play a big role in the ongoing regeneration of North Shields town centre.

“As our region starts to recover from the impact of Covid-19 over the coming years the ferry will provide a vital link between communities.

“It’s an exciting project and it is one we are going to consult widely on before bringing forward more detailed plans.”

The Ambition for North Shields master plan includes plans to enhance the appearance of key areas, creating a new transport hub and interchange and town square to host events, markets and performances, improved walking and cycling routes, a new cultural quarter based around Howard Street and riverside walkway linking the town centre to the Fish Quay.

For more information about the Ambition for North Shields master plan visit https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/page/25910/ambition-north-shields