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Old November 24th, 2011, 03:56 PM   #61
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Boulevard unveiled for Wallsend Town Centre
by Sonia Sharma, Evening Chronicle, November 24th 2011


Plans go on view to the public at the Forum Shopping Centre, showing a revamp for Wallsend High Street

A NORTH TYNESIDE town centre could receive a major boost under regeneration plans. A range of proposals were put on display at the Forum Shopping Centre, in Wallsend, yesterday to show residents how the area could be transformed.

Among the schemes was a plan to create an attractive boulevard between Wallsend Metro Station and the town centre. The pedestrian link would include a section for outdoor dining, allowing cafes to place tables and chairs outside.

The Metro station itself is set to benefit from a facelift as part of a modernisation programme. In addition, efforts are being made to help improve the Forum and increase footfall.

The owners of the centre, NewRiver, and North Tyneside Council are working on a major scheme to revamp the site. It aims to bring in more shops and create better parking facilities. One of the main features is expected be a food store.


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Old January 21st, 2012, 03:14 PM   #62
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Original Wallsend Boys Club forced to close
by Sara Nichol, Evening Chronicle, January 21st 2012



IT has been the cradle of generations of footballing stars.

But now the original building of Wallsend Boys’ Club, which produced stars such as Alan Shearer, has closed its doors for good after the it was deemed unsafe. Last month, strong winds caved in a brick wall at the centre, on Station Road, Wallsend, North Tyneside.

Bosses at the club were initially optimistic that rebuilding the wall would only take a couple of weeks. They brought in a structural engineer who delivered the news that the whole 46-year-old building needed modifying to bring it up-to-date with modern building standards and the club simply can’t afford to meet the amount the huge project would cost.

Now, club chairman Steve Dale has announced the building will remain closed for the foreseeable future unless funding is found.


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Old January 31st, 2012, 08:10 PM   #63
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Old February 6th, 2012, 02:53 PM   #64
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Cash bid to help restore historic Wallsend building
by Sonia Sharma, Evening Chronicle, February 6th 2012



A FUNDING bid is being prepared to help the restoration of an historic Tyneside building. The Buddle Arts Centre, on Station Road, in Wallsend, has been closed since 2009.

The empty building, which for many years was a hub for art and drama activities, has recently suffered from vandalism, including the theft of lead from its roof.

North Tyneside Council wants the Grade II-listed structure brought back into use and hopes to transfer its control to the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust. Plans are now being made to apply for a £200,000 loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund to help towards the costs of repairs.

The project would include upgrades and improvements to the heating and electrical system as well as other internal and external work


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Old February 29th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #65
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Old May 15th, 2012, 10:43 AM   #67
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Wallsend phone mast protestors lose battle
By Rachel Wearmouth, Evening Chronicle, May 14th 2012


RESIDENTS defiantly parking their cars to stop a phone mast near their home were forced to back down today.

People living close to Addington Drive, Wallsend, North Tyneside, have been blocking O2 and Vodafone from constructing a planned 40ft telecommunications tower on a grassy verge by leaving their cars there for the last four months.

Objectors have kept to a rota system for their protet fearing ‘electric smog’ from the mast will be a health risk, but this afternoon police ordered them to move on the grounds they were causing an unlawful obstruction.


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Old June 9th, 2012, 11:05 AM   #68
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Wallsend's Swan Hunter site set for regeneration
by Sonia Sharma, Evening Chronicle, June 8th 2012


Michael Bellamy of the North East Enterprise partnership and Linda Arkley

TIME WAS WHEN it echoed to the sounds of industry as the world’s finest ships were forged. Now the Swan Hunter yard in Wallsend lies derelict and forlorn, but it is hoped it could be reborn as a hub for green energy under plans to regenerate the area and create more than 1,000 jobs.

North Tyneside Council, which owns the site, is looking for a partner to invest in the yard. A contract worth up to £50m is up for grabs for a developer or consortium to build units for the renewable energy and offshore industry. At an open day for interested businesses, representatives of more than 40 companies attended the event.

Mayor Linda Arkley said the site has huge potential not just for the economy of North Tyneside but across the wider region and beyond. “Our ambition for Swans to be a world-leading manufacturing hub has always been clear – to make this site as thriving and bustling as it once was, but in designing and manufacturing new cutting edge products that will put the north bank at the forefront of the global market for offshore marine technologies,” she said.

“The opportunities offered by this site are significant for us all and I know with the right partner the Swan Hunter site can again be world-renowned for manufacturing. This site was once great. We want to make it great again.”


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Old July 25th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #69
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The Forum in Wallsend

New vision for future of town centre is unveiled
Published on Wednesday 25 July 2012 08:17


A computer generated image of The Forum in Wallsend.

LONG-awaited plans for the regeneration of Wallsend town centre have moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

A breakthrough could be in sight at last now a formal application for planning permission has been submitted to North Tyneside Council for approval.

The application, by NewRiver Retail, for the modernisation of the Forum shopping centre and the addition of a new 46,000 sq ft food store comes after 15 months of consultation.

The proposals, for land owned by the London-based developer and also by the council, would see a complete revamp of the former Co-op store to provide four new retail units with 28,500 sq ft of floorspace between them.

The hope is that those new units would attract big-name high-street chains to boost the appeal of the centre to shoppers.

The Forum will also be given a major refurbishment to add to follow initiatives such as the recent introduction of new retail merchandising units and the forthcoming provision of free wi-fi.

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Old July 28th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #70
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Gordon Square Wallsend

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Wallsend's first tenement block, always seemed to remind me of a tenement block in New York as the design is similar. I remember my uncle living opposite in Hedley Place when Gordon Square had been emptied and my cousin said it was always a dare to run through the abandoned flats at night.
Seemingly Gordon Square was one of the poorest and roughest places in Wallsend and my cousin said when it was occupied the kids would frequently chase out or offer to fight any outsider that wandered in. Yet for all it must have been grim to live in, this was the town's first attempt at building a block of flats and survived 70 or so years.
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Old August 7th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #71
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Ethel Austin, Wallsend


I think it may have gone fairly unnoticed, but Wallsend's Ethel Austin is among the stores that have been saved as part of the chain's latest rescue: http://www.soultsretailview.co.uk/20...have-a-future/

Incidentally, does anyone know when the store moved across the road from its long-established location, below?


I'm sure it was still in the original location in March, so it can't have been too long!

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Old September 7th, 2012, 02:03 PM   #72
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Plans being made to build houses at old Wallsend Boys Club
by Sonia Sharma, Evening Chronicle, September 7th 2012



PLANS are being made to build new council houses at the former headquarters of Wallsend Boys’ Club. The group’s old building, on Station Road in the town, had to be knocked down earlier this year after it was badly damaged in high winds.

The club, which produced top football players like Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley, is now hoping to develop a new indoor sports centre at Bigges Main, in Wallsend, and part of the funding for the project could come from selling the remaining terms of its lease for the Station Road site.

North Tyneside Council has confirmed that negotiations are under way with the club over buying the lease. If the deal goes ahead, it would enable the authority to build houses for the first time in more than 20 years. The plan is to construct 12 homes on Station Road, comprising a mixture of apartments and bungalows.


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Old September 7th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #73
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Wallsend does need something done as the town centre is as I remember it in the seventies and the shopping facilities are hopeless.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 02:42 PM   #74
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Wallsend Shopping Centre plans set for approval
by Sonia Sharma, Evening Chronicle, September 17th 2012


An artist's impression of the new Forum Shopping Centre, Wallsend

MAJOR plans to help transform a troubled town centre into a bustling shopping district could be given the go-ahead tomorrow. Wallsend Town Centre has been in decline over the last few years, with stores reporting a significant drop in footfall since the closure of the Co-op at The Forum site, but now NewRiver want to revamp the shopping centre by bringing in a new food store, creating more shops and smartening up its appearance.

Under the scheme, the former Co-op building will be converted into four units. One of them is likely to be a pub. And a 46,000 sq ft supermarket will be created towards the back of the Forum, with more than 300 free car parking spaces. In addition, there will be an attractive entrance, new flooring, lighting, seating, landscaping and improved toilet facilities.The proposals are due to be discussed by a North Tyneside Council planning committee tomorrow.

Officers say the scheme would help to bring major investment to Wallsend and are recommending approval of the project.


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Old September 17th, 2012, 11:23 PM   #75
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It's a decent proposal but the problem has been and continues to be the fact that their isn't a supermarket ready to come in.

On top of that no one knows if Morrison's have actually released the site, no supermarkets have said they want it apart from Morrison's who have pulled out because of the ASDA store in Byker despite the fact that it has nothing to do with NTC.
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Old September 20th, 2012, 11:04 AM   #76
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Wallsend wind turbine parts factory plans approved
by Sonia Sharma, The Journal, September 20th 2012


The Minister for Energy Ed Davey (centre) takes a tour of OGN in Wallsend

MORE THAN 800 jobs are set to be created along the River Tyne, after plans were approved for a new factory to make parts for offshore wind turbines. The £50m facility is to be constructed at a yard on Hadrian Road, in Wallsend, North Tyneside, after the scheme was given the green light by a planning committee. Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN), which is behind the project, says the factory will help to boost the offshore and renewable energy industry. The new 36,000sqm fabrication unit will be used to produce metal jackets for wind turbines, including the innovative Triton foundation.

Graham Kennedy, director and chief technical officer for OGN and its subsidiary firm Aquind, said: “The achievement of this milestone is excellent news, both for OGN and the North Tyneside area in general. We are delighted that North Tyneside Council has supported this project. We will create around 100 jobs during the construction of the facility and then 700 new sustainable jobs for people in its operation, plus many more in the regional supply chain. We look forward to working with the council and residents as we take this exciting development forward.”


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Old September 22nd, 2012, 10:22 AM   #77
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Plans for Wallsend 'shopping hub' get go-ahead
by Sonia Sharma, The Journal, September 22nd 2012


PLANS HAVE BEEN APPROVED, to turn an ailing Town Centre shopping area into an attractive shopping hub. The proposals, drawn up by NewRiver, aim to breathe new life into the Forum Shopping Centre in Wallsend. Under the scheme the site will have a smarter entrance as well as new flooring, lighting, seating and toilet facilities.

The former Co-op building, which has been empty for more than three years, will be converted into four units. One of them is likely to be pub and a new 46,000sq ft supermarket will be created towards the back of the Forum, with more than 300 free car parking spaces. It is hoped the plans, which have now been approved by North Tyneside Council’s planning committee, will help to increase footfall in the centre and win back shoppers lost to out-of-town supermarkets after the closure of the Co-op.

Allan Lockhart, executive property director of NewRiver, said: “Since taking ownership of the Forum Shopping Centre in November 2010, we have been working hard with the council to respond to the clear desire of local people and businesses to see a better and enhanced town centre in Wallsend. There are two strands to our approach, the internal and external refurbishment of the existing shopping centre along with the delivery of new modern retail space aimed at local needs."


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Anything that revives Wallsend town centre has to be good as the whole place looks like Groundhog Day at the moment.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 12:55 PM   #79
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Good news for Wallsend - story courtesy of the Newcastle Journal and NCJMedia Ltd

Jobs hope for former Swan Hunter shipyard
by Graeme Whitfield, The Journal Oct 4 2012


PLANS to bring hundreds of jobs back to a former Tyne shipyard have taken a step forward.

Ministers have signed an agreement to cover the Swan Hunter yard in Wallsend, North Tyneside, with a Local Development Order (LDO) that will make it easier to build new factories on the site.

The order, which covers both the former shipyard and a plot of adjoining land, creates a simplified planning process where developers would not need to seek formal planning permission for the site as long as their project meets an agreed criteria.

Projects that would meet that criteria include job-creation schemes in offshore wind energy generation, tidal and wave technology, oil and gas exploration and extraction and advance subsea manufacturing and technology.

The schemes can use either existing buildings on the site or put up new ones, though there will be restrictions on the size of new developments to minimise the impact on the adjacent World Heritage Site at Segedunum.

North Tyneside’s mayor Linda Arkley said: “I am delighted that the Government has agreed the Local Development Order and we can now offer employers keen to invest in the Swan Hunter site a simplified planning process.

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Wallsend wind turbine parts factory plans approved
by Sonia Sharma, The Journal, September 20th 2012


The Minister for Energy Ed Davey (centre) takes a tour of OGN in Wallsend

MORE THAN 800 jobs are set to be created along the River Tyne, after plans were approved for a new factory to make parts for offshore wind turbines. The £50m facility is to be constructed at a yard on Hadrian Road, in Wallsend, North Tyneside, after the scheme was given the green light by a planning committee. Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN), which is behind the project, says the factory will help to boost the offshore and renewable energy industry. The new 36,000sqm fabrication unit will be used to produce metal jackets for wind turbines, including the innovative Triton foundation.

Graham Kennedy, director and chief technical officer for OGN and its subsidiary firm Aquind, said: “The achievement of this milestone is excellent news, both for OGN and the North Tyneside area in general. We are delighted that North Tyneside Council has supported this project. We will create around 100 jobs during the construction of the facility and then 700 new sustainable jobs for people in its operation, plus many more in the regional supply chain. We look forward to working with the council and residents as we take this exciting development forward.”


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Bit late, but this is great news. Good to see it's a local company too, so they should invest in the local area and won't disappear as soon as someone offers a cheaper location.
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