Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shopping Area Plans Are Given a Thumbs-Up

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shopping Area Plans Are Given a Thumbs-Up

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A vision to make Northumber land Street one of the best retail areas in Europe has received a warm initial welcome from businesses in the city centre.

Newcastle City Council and city centre improvement company NE1 have held a public meeting with businesses in the area in a bid to get them involved in the proposals.

Retailers, landlords, property agents, banks and building societies have been invited to help shape the plans, with the hope that the final scheme will see the area around Northumber land Street become a major draw to the city.

The council and NE1 have been active in improving a number of areas in the city, with an upgrade of Central Station now to be followed by improvements to the Bigg Market after plans won a PS1.6m lottery grant.

Council chief executive Pat Ritchie said the authority was using its financial powers at a time of low interest rates to invest in the city centre in the hope of creating new jobs and making Newcastle a landmark destina tion. …

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