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Old June 16th, 2011, 03:09 PM   #101
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Siemens to create 2,000 new jobs to build train carriages
By William Green, The Journal, June 16th 2011


TYNESIDE today got an employment boost with news that the area will get a share of up to 2,000 new jobs being created as part of a contract to build new train carriages.

The Government announced that a group led by Germany's Siemens had beaten Derby-based Bombardier Transportation’s consortium to be preferred bidder for the contract for 1,200 new carriages on the Thameslink route as part of a £6 billion upgrade of a key connection.

Siemens already employs around 16,000 people in the UK. The Thameslink carriage work will mean new jobs at the Siemens factory in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, and work at two maintenance depots.


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Old June 27th, 2011, 10:20 AM   #102
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Dicksons butchers expands North East headquarters
by Chris Knox, The Journal, June 27th 2011


FAMILY-RUN butchers firm Dicksons has safeguarded 240 jobs after extending its manufacturing space, and is now looking to open more shops by the end of the year.

The firm, which has been producing fresh meat and bakery products since the early 1950s, has added 575sqft to its headquarters and bakery in South Shields, South Tyneside, in a bid to expand its wholesale division.

Dicksons now sells its products across its growing retail chain of 20 shops, with its range also available in Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda stores across the North East.

The £1m extension, which was partly funded by £200,000 from One North East, will secure its current 240-strong workforce and help to create jobs over the next 12 months.

The firm, which produces a range of premium pies, pastries, sausages, bacon and cold meats, is also planning to open additional stores by the end of the year. Michael Dickson, managing director at Dicksons, said: “The extension will allow significant reductions in handling, alleviate congestion, improve work flow and the general working environment for our staff.


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Old July 2nd, 2011, 02:38 PM   #103
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Some more info on the waterfront redevelopment, which includes the BT building, from www.southtyneside.info:

The area running from the ferry landing to the Customs House will be transformed into a superb new waterfront park, with:

Public access to waterfront
Improved links with the town centre
Performance and event spaces
High quality paved areas
Lawns and planting
Footpaths, seats and lighting

The park will provide a setting for the new business centre, new cafes, bars and restaurants and other local developments.

South Tyneside Council has appointed internationally renowned landscape architects Grant Associates to design the new park at Harton Staithes. Grant Associates won the design competition with their design to remodel Harton Staithes. The creation of flowing, curved embankments with colourful planted pockets, views framed by east and west facing lawns, and sheltered gardens will define the unique character of the park.

Detailed design and planning work for the new £1.5m park will be completed by September, with landscaping of the site due to start in October, 2011. The park is expected to be completed in autumn 2012.








The BT building is the 'H' shaped block on the render above, all the others are new.






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Old July 2nd, 2011, 08:18 PM   #104
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Looks good. There's a lot of space there though, will it all be used? It's pointless having large swaithes of space unless there's a demand for it, otherwise you get a couple of people sitting by the edges. Maybe they'll put events on there? Or there might be a lot of employers/housing very close by who might sit out on a sunny day?
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 09:04 PM   #105
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Looks good. There's a lot of space there though, will it all be used? It's pointless having large swaithes of space unless there's a demand for it, otherwise you get a couple of people sitting by the edges. Maybe they'll put events on there? Or there might be a lot of employers/housing very close by who might sit out on a sunny day?
All the events are sort of geared towards the promenade way.

This is one thing I love about south shields since moving here, they have a direction, they know what they are doing and they know how to do it good and for it to last.

The seafront is spectacular, gorgeous beach with a couple of bars and plenty for the kids. Some great music from the bars on a weekend specially my local 'sandancer'. Amphitheatre is brilliant. Live music on a Thursday and Saturday night by a local band. People come out with their bottles of wine or their cans, no disturbances and have a great night for free. The brass band play there during the day too.

Two fantastic parks South and North marine park which are ideal for picnics or short walks. Plenty for the kids to do and restored to their victorian settings make it a pleasure to have on the doorstep and actually encourage friends and family to visit.

Bents park in the summer is a massive field next to the caravan park which hosts lots of events nearly every weekend throughout the summer. Next week we have the Mouth of the Tyne festival (Althought Tynemouth gets the best bits) week after Sophie Ellis Bexter, Week after Joe Mceldery (not my taste like but will suit someone) week after Dodgy and guests. Today there was a family type fair on with BMX jumping and a band on a stage with familys enjoying picnics.

Ocean Park - albeit not the Blackpool of the north but its a family sized fun park which can keep the kids interested for a good few hours with the parents pockets dry.lol.

Adequately placed skate park right next to the beach where it all happens.

A town centre that is actually alive and kicking, there are no out of town shopping centres here and this is where the council have got it right, rather than NOrth Tyneside which has neglected North Shields and Wallsend and virtually pissed on Whitley Bay year upon year. They've been dragging their feet with Whitley Bay now for a lot of years and it is now in a position to actually go nowhere, there is nothing you can do with that place now it is totally dead in the water.

16m swimming pool is being build which will accompany the north of the promenade which looks like a fantastic design for the area.

I think if South Shields was placed on the other side of the water, Newcastle would be proud for it to be it's little sister.
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 10:57 AM   #106
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From those renderings, they appear to be proposing some sort of water-level board walk in place of the pier-level board walk we have at the moment - which is closed to the public. The open space is considerably smaller than it was before this development started, and some locals aren't happy about it. They want to be able to see the river (and the big building site on the North bank of the Tyne) from behind where the BT building is. I can't remember ever seeing anyone stop to admire the views from this location - everybody simply went down to the water's edge.

Godscrasher, I'm not sure about s.shields's town centre being 'alive and kicking'. It's just the same old collection of chain stores you get anywhere else in Britain. It's all branded mobile phone shops, bookmakers and mcdonald's etc. Woolworths moved out, but as dependable as death and taxes, poundstretcher were straight in to replace them. I just find the place utterly depressing, with the exception of the market.
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From those renderings, they appear to be proposing some sort of water-level board walk in place of the pier-level board walk we have at the moment - which is closed to the public. The open space is considerably smaller than it was before this development started, and some locals aren't happy about it. They want to be able to see the river (and the big building site on the North bank of the Tyne) from behind where the BT building is. I can't remember ever seeing anyone stop to admire the views from this location - everybody simply went down to the water's edge.

Godscrasher, I'm not sure about s.shields's town centre being 'alive and kicking'. It's just the same old collection of chain stores you get anywhere else in Britain. It's all branded mobile phone shops, bookmakers and mcdonald's etc. Woolworths moved out, but as dependable as death and taxes, poundstretcher were straight in to replace them. I just find the place utterly depressing, with the exception of the market.
Going off this day and age and the towns surrounding ie: Wallsend and North Shields where I grew up, it is leaps and bounds ahead of them both put together.
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Going off this day and age and the towns surrounding ie: Wallsend and North Shields where I grew up, it is leaps and bounds ahead of them both put together.

I always find it a bustling and enjoyable Town Centre to visit.

I particularly like the way the Metro goes over the main shopping street . . .





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Old July 3rd, 2011, 11:50 AM   #109
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I have always found the town center a "old and weird" in the nicest way, Bishop Auckland has it in spades.
I love the location of the market however the stalls have the awful cringe worthy stuff, makes Gateshead indoor market look like a branch of Harrods.
I mentioned to some one that I was going to the market she said that appears to be a local custom of customising mobility scooters. I thought she was joking until I seen them.
I should alert the "amber collective" (as we must call them now) that's a great book / exhibition / film right there.
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I have always found the town center a "old and weird" in the nicest way, Bishop Auckland has it in spades.
I love the location of the market however the stalls have the awful cringe worthy stuff, makes Gateshead indoor market look like a branch of Harrods.
I mentioned to some one that I was going to the market she said that appears to be a local custom of customising mobility scooters. I thought she was joking until I seen them.
I should alert the "amber collective" (as we must call them now) that's a great book / exhibition / film right there.
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I worked in South Shields for a while years ago and found it a miserable experience, although that was largely because of the job. The town has a lot of holes in it, in terms of having large areas of land near the centre that need to be filled with development, however the high street was starting to improve and at least all of the shops seem to be full and in productive use. It is a nicely proportioned street too, with some nice old architecture. I've definitely seen worse, put it that way!

The council do seem to be steering it in the right direction too, slowly but surely. Good to see.
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Work has started on the new care home on Fellgate, Jarrow.

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AS the bulldozers prepare to move in this week to flatten a former Jarrow social club, protesters fighting a controversial care home development remain as defiant as ever.

Work to demolish the Deneside Catholic Club in Fellgate is expected to start tomorrow.

About 2,000 people had signed a petition against plans to transform it into a specialist care complex.

Fears for local schoolchildren were sparked when it was revealed that people suffering from drink and drug-induced conditions would be treated at the home – a short distance from a primary school and housing.

The scheme was originally rejected, but applicants Careline Lifestyles won its case on appeal

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I always find it a bustling and enjoyable Town Centre to visit.

I particularly like the way the Metro goes over the main shopping street . . .

I wonder how it would cope with the road nowadays?




Source: http://www.shieldsgazette.com/commun...hops_1_3620991
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Old August 7th, 2011, 11:09 AM   #114
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New school being built just south of Temple Park:





Not bad as far as schools go, and considerably better than the new one at Boldon Colliery. It's good to see they've not decided to cover the whole thing in panel cladding, and the landscaping on the Nevinson Avenue side should look good as well.
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Blot on landscape facing demolition



By PAUL KELLY
Published on Monday 22 August 2011 15:00

A BLOT on the landscape at the heart of South Shields market place is to be flattened, the council has revealed. Wouldhave House is to be demolished next year as part of the ongoing regeneration of the riverside. It is then planned to attract a developer to build a commercial development on the site. Built in the 1960s, the building was once home to workers with the Department of Work and Pensions, but currently houses about 200 council staff. As part of the demolition plans, the local authority has already acquired the Commando pub and other businesses sited underneath Wouldhave House. Meanwhile, negotiations are ongoing with the remaining tenants, all of which will have to relocate. They include Franchi’s Café and Ladbrokes. Today a council boss pledged that the demolition will “breathe new life” into the market place.

But one opposition town councillor warned of the dangers of demolishing the building before having a developer in place to build on the land. And Coun Ahmed Khan, Independent Alliance representative for Beacon and Bents, hopes the site will not become a temporary car park for the estimated 400 workers about to move into the new BT building at Harton Staithes.

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...tion_1_3701281


The building described is the 'U' shaped block on the map below, level with the ferry terminal and East of the road:

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http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...heme_1_3857169

I know this isn't exactly new, but only just spotted it. The link above to the full story and the first few paragraphs here (I believe that's the right protocol right NH?)

Looking to future with new housing scheme
HOUSING FUTURES ... from left, Martin Knowles, Four Housing Group chief executive, checks on progress at School Street, Hebburn, with local councillors Richard Porthouse, Bill Brady, Ian Harkus and Nancy Maxwell, and Four Housing director of development and regeneration, Lynda Peacock. Inset, School Street in the 1980s and below, an artists impression of the project.
By TERRY KELLY
Published on Monday 10 October 2011 12:57


THE shape of things to come has been revealed as part of a £7m housing development in South Tyneside on the site of a once notorious estate.


A long-awaited new residential scheme in School Street, Hebburn, will provide 71 homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.

It’s the biggest project of its type in the borough for more than 20 years, and the development will be a welcome upgrade of the land, which has been vacant since the 1980s.

It will include allotments, green walkways and a wildflower meadow.

Four Housing Group will own and manage the homes, which have received funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Its chief executive, Martin Knowles, who grew up in Hebburn and lives in South Tyneside, said: “As someone from the area, seeing this housing being built is a real achievement.

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The link above to the full story and the first few paragraphs here - I believe that's the correct protocol, right NH?

Correct.

That is described as 'fair use' (under a precedent in the USA that allows short excerpts from articles to be made in our posts , with links back to the article) and as our SSC servers are in Los Angeles, USA this keeps us (SSC) safe under copyright laws, I'm advised.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 09:16 PM   #118
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Blot on landscape facing demolition

By PAUL KELLY
Published on Monday 22 August 2011 15:00

A BLOT on the landscape at the heart of South Shields market place is to be flattened, the council has revealed. Wouldhave House is to be demolished next year as part of the ongoing regeneration of the riverside. It is then planned to attract a developer to build a commercial development on the site. Built in the 1960s, the building was once home to workers with the Department of Work and Pensions, but currently houses about 200 council staff. As part of the demolition plans, the local authority has already acquired the Commando pub and other businesses sited underneath Wouldhave House. Meanwhile, negotiations are ongoing with the remaining tenants, all of which will have to relocate. They include Franchi’s Café and Ladbrokes. Today a council boss pledged that the demolition will “breathe new life” into the market place.

But one opposition town councillor warned of the dangers of demolishing the building before having a developer in place to build on the land. And Coun Ahmed Khan, Independent Alliance representative for Beacon and Bents, hopes the site will not become a temporary car park for the estimated 400 workers about to move into the new BT building at Harton Staithes.
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Now that would be a real shame as the giant 1981 Woudhave Lifeboat mural art work by David Wilkinson is on one end of the building - facing towards the river.

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Old November 30th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #119
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See they have started knocking down the British Short Circuit Testing place on Victoria Road West in Hebburn and that the South Tyneside College site opposite the fire station is now up for sale, anyone know what the plan is for these?
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Is that the huge grey building between Hebburn and Pelaw? I had no idea there were plans to demolish it. Any building work on the site of the Reyrolle building yet?
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