Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coastal Cash Boost Will See Landmark Restored

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coastal Cash Boost Will See Landmark Restored

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Byline: Ruth Lognonne Reporter

AN iconic coastal landmark, which fell into disrepair after its closure 14 years ago, will be brought to life next year thanks to a Government grant.

The Grade II-listed Spanish City and Dome, in Whitley Bay, is to be restored and reopened with the help of a PS1.1m grant from the Coastal Communities Fund.

The money will be used to build three new shops or small cafes on ground level at the front of the Dome, plus a new car park for visitors to the Dome, beach and promenade areas.

North Tyneside Council has also received a stage one approval for PS3.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore and reopen the Dome.

The Lottery cash will help to return lost architectural features to the Dome such as the tower tops.

Stage two of the funding application for this work is expected to be submitted to the HLF in late 2014.

It means that parts of the Grade II listed building could be brought back into use as early as Spring 2015.

Elected Mayor for North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, said: "This funding is fantastic news. It will be really exciting to see shops at the Spanish City Dome once again and the extra visitor parking will be a real boost for the seafront area. All of this will have an extremely positive impact on Whitley Bay and North Tyneside as a whole, attracting new visitors and future investment. It should give residents and local businesses confi-dence that things are really moving forward."

It is estimated that the scheme could attract around 150,000 extra visitors to Whitley Bay seafront each year, bringing an estimated PS3m into the local economy.

The PS1.1m awarded from the CCF will be supported by PS75,000 from North Tyneside Council's regeneration budget. When it was built in 1910, the Spanish City was the largest freestanding dome in the UK after St Paul's Cathedral. …

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