Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strategy for Town's Future Gets Thumbs Up; PLANS GET GOVERNMENT GO-AHEAD AFTER CONSULTATION

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strategy for Town's Future Gets Thumbs Up; PLANS GET GOVERNMENT GO-AHEAD AFTER CONSULTATION

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a Tyneside town's future have won backing from the Government.

The strategy sets out the overall planning policies that will govern Jarrow town centre, riverside and St Paul's areas for the next to 15 years.

Now, following extensive public consultation and independent examination, the Central Jarrow Area Action Plan has been formally approved by the Government's Planning Inspectorate.

The final version will now before South Tyneside Council September. One of the features of the plan to make the most of world heritage status for the Wearmouth-Jarrow monastic site.

In Jarrow, this will include Paul's Church and monastery ruins and Bede's World museum Anglo-Saxon farm.

The plan also says that improving access, links and the setting the proposed world heritage will be crucial to its success. Designs include establishing main gateway to Bede's World will interpret its outstanding and cultural importance, with secondary gateways via old Jarrow Bridge across the River Don and at Quay Corner at junction of Priory Road and High Street.

"The legacy of the Venerable Bede is perhaps South Tyneside's greatest international asset," strategy claims.

"We want to maximise potential that Wearmouth-Jarrow, as the UK's nomination for candidate World Heritage Site status 2010, can bring to the local economy. "Inscription of World Heritage Site status will heighten awareness of the site and bring an uplift tourism, potentially worth millions of pounds to the local economy, securing and creating many jobs, increasing education potential, enriching community identity.

"The twin Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery is acknowledged as of the most influential learning cultural institutions in the western world, and we want to draw upon the many aspects of the life of Venerable Bede, rather than seeing it purely as a visitor attraction."

Measures would include ensuring that it is prominently sign posted on all access routes so visitors know they have arrived at World Heritage Site.

It also offers opportunities create new public art at gateways to Jarrow to celebrate the history of the town.

One idea is to investigate potential for establishing new museum and art gallery facilities aspects of the area's history besides the Venerable Bede, in particular reflecting the importance the 1936 Jarrow Crusade. …

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