Regeneration is happening for town at last
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.
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.