PLAN: Public views will shape seafront

I would like to thank the public for taking the time to come along to see North Tyneside Council’s plans for the regeneration of Whitley Bay.

More than 300 people came to see our Master Plan displays at Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, which explained how £36m is set to be invested in Whitley Bay and the coast.

Our council officers were on hand to listen to residents and record their views, and we were delighted to receive a really broad range of feedback, and much of it extremely positive.

Many people also welcomed the further opportunity to discuss the proposed replacement of the balustrade above Central Lower Promenade, which I know is an important issue to some residents.

These valuable views will enable us to shape the future of the seafront to help us make it a great place to live and visit, as well as boost our economy by attracting more visitors that support so many jobs.

Due to popular demand, we will be putting some of the displays back into the Whitley Bay Customer First Centre so people can see them right across the summer. The displays will be located on the first floor of the centre.

All of the key information from the exhibition will also be on the council’s website to view and comment on.

Once again, thank you to everyone who came along and shared their thoughts in a positive and constructive way.

We are looking forward to working closely with the residents, businesses and other groups, as we move forward to deliver these ambitious plans.

Norma Redfearn

Mayor of North Tyneside