Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Master Plan on Show to Public

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Master Plan on Show to Public

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

MAJOR plans to restore Whitley Bay sea front have been put on show for the public.

North Tyneside Council's PS36m Whitley Bay Seafront Master Plan, put on display at the town's Customer First Centre, includes a raft of measures to help regenerate the coastal area between St Mary's Island and the end of Central Promenade.

Among the proposals area PS2.5m scheme to improve St Mary's Lighthouse and Island; day and overnight stay beach huts and beach showers; ideas for a "train" to run between St Mary's and the Spanish City Dome; improved toilets; outdoor gym equipment; new seating; and plans to restore the Coronation Fountain on Northern Promenade. One plan explores the option to turn the brick shelters on Northern Promenade into shop units, or to remove the shelters to make way for pod-style outlets similar to ones in Amble.

There are also details of the second phase of work to improve the Watts Slope area, which has already seen the demolition of the former Boardwalk Cafe and the construction of a new refreshments kiosk. Further work involves landscaping and creating small shop units along a stretch of the promenade.

Another project will look at the restoration of Grant's Clock on Central Promenade. The structure was unveiled in April 1933 and was presented to Whitley Bay by James Hamilton Grant.

The pillar was originally white terracotta but has been painted many times over the years and is currently black. Members of the public are being asked or their views about what colour the clock should be re-painted.

North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn said: "Residents, visitors and businesses have told us that they want us to deliver a sea front that is an attractive, vibrant and appealing destination, all year round - and that is exactly what this master plan is working towards.

"We want to create a town that every resident of North Tyneside can be proud of. …

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