Views sought on how to make town a better place

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RESIDENTS and people who work in Whitley Bay are being urged to have their say on what could make the town better.

The ‘Big Local Partnership’ met this week to appoint eight residents to serve on its board, and these will help decide how to spend £1m of Big Local funding.

The partnership is now asking people who live and work in the area to tell them what is good about living, working and having fun in the area and what could make it even better.

These views will help the partnership to produce a profile which will then be used to plan how it will spend £1m of lottery funding over the next ten years.

Big Local Whitley Bay covers an area spanning 42 streets, from the Spanish City in the north to the Metro station in the south, and is home to 3,200 people as well to a range of shops, bars, clubs and other businesses.

Organisers said the Big Local is about residents coming together to make the area an even better place in which to live, work, play, socialise and learn.

The area will receive at least £1m over the next ten years from the lottery because it has missed out on a ‘fair share’ of lottery funding in the past.

From now until the end of April, the partnership is collecting the views of anyone who lives or works in the area.

Visit to fill in the questionnaire.

Visit for more information on the partnership programme.