Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City Council May Help Boost A&P Yard Sale

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City Council May Help Boost A&P Yard Sale

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Byline: By Graeme King

The sale of the A&P Tyne shipyard at Walker could get a boost from part owners Newcastle City Council.

Consultants Colin Buchanan & Partners are currently looking at options for opening up the Walker riverside area, including six hectares of land next to the A&P site.

Yesterday, the council's deputy head of economic development, Barry Richardson, said his department had told estate agents King Sturge that potential buyers of shipbuilder A&P's site should be told that more land could be made available, if required.

Newcastle City Council owns 50pc of the A&P site, along with the company, and is keen to secure a buyer to carry on using the extensive shipbuilding and repair facilities.

These include four large workshops and four dry docks, covering 14 hectares in total, an area equivalent to around 21 football pitches.

Mr Richardson said: "The yard is employment land ( we would like to see if we can sell it as it is. …

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