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Old November 12th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #61
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When I was talking to the councillor she was in a 100% opinion that they rejected it because of Conservative vs Labour politics. I also felt that it was a scheme she was passionate about and in full support and was truely dissapointed it din't get the go ahead.
Any thoughts on the Whitley Bay Dome road detour, and have the council actually revealed how much it will cost?

I cannot for the life of me figure out how this development can be beneficial and the cost justified, as Whitely Bay will still largely remain a decaying resort. Did this scheme go out to tender at all? I'd be interested to know if there's any links between the contractor/contractor owner and those that signed it off.
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Work started on the re-route of the road behind the dome about 6 weeks ago.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 08:03 PM   #63
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Whilst walking through Whitley Bay today i noticed there is some building work being carried out on the former co-op building on the corner of Marden Road (opposite Deep Blue Dive)

Does anyone know what is going in there?
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Old February 11th, 2011, 09:20 PM   #64
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Turnbull, as far as I know it's something to do making the Dome more accessible to the sea front and making a little public area in doing so. I do work near here, but forgive me if I don't take pictures of the work being carried out as in the background their is a primary school, and a children's play area.

I can say though that the work is progressing well and by the looks of it, it should be complete within the next couple of months.

As for the former Coop building, I'm assuming the work is just splitting the unit into two smaller units as has been planned. A resident told me that rumours of Primark, Asda, and some other names who would need larger stores were taking over the store. In all honesty, I couldn't see any of them taking over, and if they I hope to god it's not Asda.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 01:00 AM   #65
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I have just been reading the reports of the transport facilities for the Library/rent office/multi use building for the planning application appeal.

Anyway the reports have clearly indicated that the parking at Park View shopping centre alone is enough to provide enough parking spaces without any negative effect to local residents parking. It also goes on to say that the public transport facilities is more than adequate to cope with the demand from the building, and that local roadways would have no problem dealing with the extra demand.

How on earth was this actually rejected the first time around due to the lack of transport arrangements?
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Old February 19th, 2011, 04:24 PM   #66
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Hartley Pit Disaster Memorial

Pleasing to read that North Tyneside Council are proposing to renovate the Grade II HARTLEY PIT DISASTER MEMORIAL that stands in the cemetery of St Albans Church, EARSDON.

Application made by Kier North Tyneside under reference 11/00228/LBC :

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Remove existing railings to Hartley Pit Memorial, Earsdon and replace with new (to an original design) and include for minor repairs/cleaning of the memorial


In January 1862 an engine beam at the Hester Pit of Hartley Colliery snapped and fell into the mines one and only shaft. The effect of this being that the shaft was totally blocked with debris At the time of the collapse the pits workforce was changing shifts and as a consequence more workers than normal were underground.

Some 204 workers, including children as young as 10 were trapped. It took rescuers 6 days to dig down through the shaft only to be met with the fact that all 204 miners had perished

The majority of victims of the Hartley Colliery Disaster are buried in the churchyard of St Albans Church in Earsdon. A report of the time claimed that such was the scale of the burial that the funeral cortege ran from Earsdon to Hartley Village a distance of three miles.

Memorials to the Disaster can be found within the churchyard at Earsdon and also at New Hartley.

The Memorial at Earsdon consists of a large stone built pedestal with an obelisk on top. The monument is engraved with the names of the deceased along with their ages. It makes very sad reading, children and Fathers having perished alongside each other.

The Memorial at New Hartley, corner of St Michael's Avenue and Hester Gardens, is built on the actual site of the Hester Pit. It takes the form of a memorial garden but also contains the original capped shaft entrance and engine room block


This is the memorial in St Albans Church:




This s the Memorial Garden:

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Old March 1st, 2011, 12:14 PM   #67
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Tynemouth Latest.

PRESS RELEASE FROM NORTH TYNESIDE COUNCIL MARCH 1


A major scheme by North Tyneside Council to improve parking in Tynemouth Front Street gets underway next week.

The £100,000 project will result in a greater turnover of parking spaces, better traffic flows, a safer pedestrian environment and an improved road surface.

Work on the first phase is due to start on Monday, March 7, and will last for up to four weeks. Roads affected by the works will be Front Street, Hotspur Street, Percy Park Road and Allendale Place.

Various road closures and diversions will be in place for the duration of the scheme, to enable it to be completed as quickly as possible and for the protection of the highways team.

Cllr Ed Hodson, cabinet member for the Environment, said: “This new parking scheme is good news for residents, visitors and businesses and has been well-received.

“We know that car parking on Front Street is in high demand, which makes it difficult for people to find a space.

“Limiting the time of parking will increase the turnover of spaces, which will benefit local businesses and improve the vitality of the street.

“There are other improvements too, including a new pedestrian crossing point and the realignment of parking bays to improve the flow of traffic.

“Such a major scheme will inevitably lead to some disruption and I would like to thank people in advance for their patience.

“I can assure everyone that our team will be working flat out to get the work completed as quickly and safely as possible.”

The scheme includes:

• A maximum parking stay of four hours on Front Street during the day, which will lead to an increased turnover of vehicles, benefiting drivers, shoppers and businesses

• The realignment of parking spaces in the central reservation to increase the size of bays and create more room for passing vehicles

• Introduction of a no stopping restriction on Front Street, to prevent vehicles partially parking on the pavement, which creates a hazard for pedestrians and causes difficulties for buses and other large vehicles

• A new uncontrolled pedestrian crossing, opposite the junction with Hotspur Street, which will include a large island, lowered kerbs and tactile paving

• The relocation of disabled parking to Hotspur Street, improving access for disabled drivers

• Dedicated loading bays to aid deliveries to the shops

• Additional taxi parking

• A new road surface, using conservation materials where appropriate to maintain the character of the area.

A plan of the works, including diversionary routes, can be found on the council’s website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk

Further improvements within Tynemouth Village include the introduction of additional yellow line restrictions to discourage indiscriminate parking and extra signage to improve awareness of public car parks.

Other proposals are the extension of residential permit restrictions in streets that experience high levels of non-residential parking and changing the operational times of existing permit schemes.

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A major scheme by North Tyneside Council to improve parking in Tynemouth Front Street gets underway next week.

The £100,000 project will result in a greater turnover of parking spaces, better traffic flows, a safer pedestrian environment and an improved
for disabled drivers
I've always found Front Street to be a massive improvement when it is totally closed to traffic when the likes of the Mouth of the Tyne celebrations are taking place. It has a great feeling when a pedestrian space, just a shame it cannot be like that 24/7, but we live in real world where "car rules supreme".
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The taxis are a huge problem. I don't know why the council don't enforce the rules. Parked most of the way along the Southern side of the road on weekend nights, on double yellows. Quite often teh 306 can't get down past. Taxi marshals and enforcement would be great.

I am surprised the Tynemouth Village Society or whatever they are called stand for it.

I guess these changes will make the situation better....But one of the nice things about Front St is the wide pavements.
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Townhouse - Whitley Bay

I see the TOWNHOUSE (originally THE SHIP) in Whitley Bay has changed ownership - was owned by COUGAR LEISURE LTD but now acquired by WEAR INNS.

Cougar Leisure started trading in July 2008, formed out of the ashes of Herald Inns & Bars, which entered a pre-pack administration shortly before. It is currently selling off 11 of its pubs.- source http://www.caterersearch.com/Article...s-and-bars.htm

Wear Inns specialise in the management and acquisition of freehold pub premises in the North of England, under the direction of Managing Director, John Weir and Operations Director, Frank Malone. - source http://www.wearinns.co.uk/index.php
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Oz's Bar - Tynemouth

Interesting to learn that the long closed OZ'S BAR in The Arcade at Tynemouth is to reopen as the renovated LOLA JEAN BAR. Evidently half a million pounds has been spent on the renovation by Paul Sample.

More on the Whitley Bay Guardian web site @ http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/b...tion_1_3138793

My memories of the old Oz's Bar was that on a Friday night it was usually packed, loud music and full of the good folk of North Shields

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Old March 12th, 2011, 03:59 PM   #72
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Has anybody seen a landscape plan for the Dome road diversion? I'm wondering how they're going to fill what is quite a substantial space.
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Has anybody seen a landscape plan for the Dome road diversion? I'm wondering how they're going to fill what is quite a substantial space.
No doubt they had some 'artists impression' during the Public Consultation stage.

Perhaps there is something amongst the Planning Application - Associated Documents @ http://publicaccess.northtyneside.go...earchform.aspx - Application Ref is 10/01335/LAREG3


Plenty of plans of the actual Link Road but not much on its periphery.
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No doubt they had some 'artists impression' during the Public Consultation stage.

Perhaps there is something amongst the Planning Application - Associated Documents @ http://publicaccess.northtyneside.go...earchform.aspx - Application Ref is 10/01335/LAREG3


Plenty of plans of the actual Link Road but not much on its periphery.
Yup, even the 'Proposed Site Plan' is anything but. Contains only an overlay of the road engineers drawing and existing site. No sign of hard or soft landscaping. I've fired off an email to the planning officer asking for a landscape masterplan, assuming this phase has actually been designed!

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[QUOTE=Steve Ellwood;73832737]Interesting to learn that the long closed OZ'S BAR in The Arcade at Tynemouth is to reopen as the renovated LOLA JEAN BAR. Evidently half a million pounds has been spent on the renovation by Paul Sample.

I used to play junior hockey with him and I still see him now and again after the Vipers games for who he now plays for. Good lad.

He recently bought myst in Whitley Bay.
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I see the TOWNHOUSE (originally THE SHIP) in Whitley Bay has changed ownership - was owned by COUGAR LEISURE LTD but now acquired by WEAR INNS.

Cougar Leisure started trading in July 2008, formed out of the ashes of Herald Inns & Bars, which entered a pre-pack administration shortly before. It is currently selling off 11 of its pubs.- source http://www.caterersearch.com/Article...s-and-bars.htm

Wear Inns specialise in the management and acquisition of freehold pub premises in the North of England, under the direction of Managing Director, John Weir and Operations Director, Frank Malone. - source http://www.wearinns.co.uk/index.php
This is currently being renovated. The staff there only got told about the renovation the day it closed to be renovated. It's been closed for about 4 days now and every night the shop I work in (Next door to it) has been dead and has felt the impact of it being closed.
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Has anybody seen a landscape plan for the Dome road diversion? I'm wondering how they're going to fill what is quite a substantial space.

Been in touch with the council. A preferred bidder to carry out the pedestrian area design has yet to be chosen.

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Been in touch with the council. A preferred bidder to carry out the pedestrian area design has yet to be chosen.
The area of public space it will create will be a decent amount, top that with the space right next to it (where the car show used to be held) and Park Avenue park area then Whitley Bay will have a fair amount of public realm space, especially if the Library relocates aswell.

The debate is though, should we be using public funds to create more public realms?, a year or so ago everyone would have said yes. I can see the positives of the road relocation, but also I'm aware of things in North Tyneside the money should be spent on. What I will say is though when it was under Labour rule I couldn't imagine anything positive happening.
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The area of public space it will create will be a decent amount, top that with the space right next to it (where the car show used to be held) and Park Avenue park area then Whitley Bay will have a fair amount of public realm space, especially if the Library relocates aswell.

The debate is though, should we be using public funds to create more public realms?, a year or so ago everyone would have said yes. I can see the positives of the road relocation, but also I'm aware of things in North Tyneside the money should be spent on. What I will say is though when it was under Labour rule I couldn't imagine anything positive happening.
I suppose folk are just tiring of the length of time it is taking to develop the whole Dome/Piazza/Link Road project, seems to be an endless exercise - but it's on it's way and let's see if it works, time for recriminations if required later, i.e. at the Mayoral Election
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Having lived in North Tyneside all my life I used to look forward to the days when Whitley Bay was restored back to it's former glory so I could enjoy it like my grandparents or even parents did. The council really have been scraping their knuckles over this for a while and I reckon thye don't have a clue what they are doing with it.

They really could have built things around the spanish city when it was there, but since building the school they have taken the recreational area away from the dome. It's just not a nice place to go, and there is very little to do.

Moving over to the South of the Tyne at the beginning of March I find it perfect. I basically live right on the beach and it is nice, very nice, Small fairground, gorgeous victorian park, 3 nicely situated pubs, glorious beach, skatepark, green space, running space, more parks, curry quarter mile then a town centre with just the right amount of shops that are needed.

Remind me again why and what Whitley bay is trying to do/be?
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