Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TV Cameras Come to 'Hip' City Suburb; Locals Tell Us Whether 'Trendy' Label Fits Their Area

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TV Cameras Come to 'Hip' City Suburb; Locals Tell Us Whether 'Trendy' Label Fits Their Area

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Byline: SIMON MEECHAN Reporter simon.meechan@trinitymirror.com @SimonMeechan_90

LOCATION, Location, Location's property experts were dispatched to Heaton on a mission to help a couple buy a home.

Wednesday's TV show, presented by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer, billed Heaton as a "trendy" and "hip" Newcastle suburb.

But it seems some viewers were quick to question that.

One tweet read: "Very excited to see Location, Location in Heaton. Though describing it as a hip suburb might be pushing it!" Another said: "Apparently Heaton is a trendy suburb ... imagine that?" The area has long been popular with students and young families, attracted by its public transport links, prices and amenities.

But is it "hip" and set to rival neighbouring Ouseburn and Jesmond? We took to the streets to find out : "I love it here," said Nicola Robson, who was raised in Heaton.

"I've lived here all my life, except for eight years on the Quayside, and I love it."

The only negative, Nicola said, is the area - like much of Britain - has lost some of its traditional neighbourhood shops in favour of cafes and eateries.

But she thinks it would take a "lot of investment" for Heaton to be seen as a rival to upmarket Jesmond.

Both Chillingham Road and Heaton Road boast a string of independent cafes and restaurants. On Heaton Road, the Butterfly Cabinet attracts breakfast queues on weekends, while vegetarian and vegan specialists the Sky Apple is another big hit.

Recently, Champion Bottles and Taps, a craft beer shop, opened in Warton Terrace, which runs off Chillingham Road. Its founder helped launch city centre cafes including Pink Lane Coffee and Piccolo.

But Chillingham Road - once dubbed "a fast food junkie's dream" by a Chronicle reporter - has plenty of cheap takeaways too. It also links Heaton to Byker, where you probably wouldn't expect to see Kirstie Allsopp or Phil Spencer discussing deposits with first-time buyers.

Doug Paterson volunteers in Chillingham Road's Oxfam branch, where music fans browse for vinyl bargains and rare finds. …

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