It’s such good news to read that the Dome will be open to residents and visitors for a look around on July 21-22, then open for business on July 23, (News Guardian, June 28).
This is indeed a landmark day for this seaside town.
This regeneration of the Dome and immediate area has been an amalgam of administrations in getting this famous, iconic building back to its former glory, and it is looking absolutely wonderful.
It is also good to see the Empress Gardens taking shape, and the landscaping is looking interesting. Congratulations to the contractors, who are working flat out to get this ready for the opening near the end of July and in time for the school holidays.
There was some disquiet at the time about re-routing the road around the rear of the building, but this vision has proved the right call as the Dome and adjacent piazza area will be fully accessible and such a safe environment to enjoy this space going forward.
The Heritage Lottery grants secured by the council have been wisely used to reinstate the Dome, opened in 1910, to be re-opened in 2018.
The refurbished promenade from Rendezvous to Watts Slop is proving to be so popular. Residents are hoping that the section from Rendezvous to Briardene is something the council will update in the future.
However, one of my concerns at present in the borough is the amount of weeds in paving stones, gutters and public areas. This is making the whole of North Tyneside look unkempt.
There used to be, and possibly still is, weed-spraying vehicles deployed to go around streets. It would be good to see these vehicles in operation.
Also, it is necessary to mention the state of some of the major roads, and indeed estate roads, which need resurfacing urgently. Outside the newly refurbished Briardene pub, there are areas that need fixing as if ignored larger potholes will emerge.
Surely, it is better to use early maintenance than ignore the first signs of corrosion and then require major fixing, which does not always stay in place.
We also have to see how the fortnightly bin collection system works when introduced.
Again, this is something we have not had and the council will need to listen to residents who feel this may not be working for them, thinking of families with small bins and large amounts of refuge.
However, we eagerly look forward to the opening of the Dome and welcoming visitors back to Whitley Bay.