Projects bring real change

Whitley Bay promenade.
Whitley Bay promenade.

When I was elected Mayor in 2013, I promised to do less talking and more work on the things that matter most to the residents of North Tyneside.

That commitment has paid off and we’re now seeing a range of fantastic projects being delivered across the borough.

In May, Swans in Wallsend received more than £1.5m of investment from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, which will be used to create space for ten additional businesses in our Centre for Innovation.

The centre is currently fully occupied and this investment gives us the chance to attract more world-class businesses, and more top quality jobs, to North Tyneside.

We’ve completed 20 schemes to improve footpaths in town centres and around North Tyneside Living accommodation, which I know is something residents really care about.

We are investing £500,000 in Forest Hall to improve the shopping area, adding more parking spaces and tackling anti-social behaviour.

Work along our coastline is also making impressive progress.

The beautifully renovated Central Lower Promenade in Whitley Bay was recently re-opened to the public, while the eagerly awaited renovation of Spanish City will be unveiled later this summer.

And our beaches were recognised as some of the best in the country last month with Blue Flag awards for King Edwards Bay, Tynemouth Longsands and Whitley Bay.

There was also a Seaside Award for Cullercoats.

It’s wonderful to see all of these projects, and more, delivering real change in our borough.

And it’s fantastic to see North Tyneside being recognised nationally as a great place for people to live, work and visit.