I’m delighted to announce that the regeneration of Wallsend is well and truly on track.
The much-awaited £2m Centre for Innovation at Swans has been officially opened. It is an integral part of the council’s £100m project to bring jobs and transform the former shipyard into a hub for the renewable energy and marine sectors. With quality units and Enterprise Zone incentives, it has enhanced the borough’s reputation as a place where businesses can grow and thrive.
I am determined to bring the old Swan Hunter’s back to life and make it, and Wallsend, great again.
We continue to work hard with partners to regenerate the area and put the heart back into the town by creating an attractive, vibrant shopping centre.
The Forum has been extensively refurbished and attracts more than three million visitors a year. The indoor market is being fitted out by new operators to support 52 traders, and a new supermarket and drive-thru restaurant are due to open in September, creating around 100 jobs.
Affordable homes have been built and more are going up, the old Town Hall has been restored into a high-quality business centre, we’ve opened a library and Customer First Centre, and Wallsend Parks have again been awarded the Green Flag for excellence.
The people of Wallsend have been waiting a long time for change and at long last it’s happening.