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Old August 13th, 2013, 10:47 PM   #61
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Well done to Shields for being so forward thinking. I might seriously consider a move south of the river as Whitley Bay seems to be going nowhere fast.
Same here for when I eventually move back from Canada, had looked at Whitley bay but the house prices are quite high.
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Revamp plans to be decided behind closed doors

This from Shields Gazette website 21/08/13

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TWO key decisions over the future of landmark sites in South Tyneside are to be made ‘behind closed doors’ by senior councillors.

A meeting of the council’s decision-making cabinet next month is to exclude members of the press and public, citing “commercial sensitivity” for the decision.

Cabinet members are expected to push ahead with a new land and property acquisition strategy in order to realise the regeneration of South Shields town centre.

They will be recommended to give delegated powers to David Cramond, the council’s corporate director of economic regeneration.

Mr Cramond will then be able to personally approve the acquisition of land and properties in the town with a value of £500,000 or more.

The move is seen as essential to ensure the continuation of South Shields 365 – a 10-year masterplan to transform the town centre.

A report to the cabinet, on Wednesday, September 4, says: “The commercial sensitivity of the information is such that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”


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Old August 28th, 2013, 09:13 PM   #63
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Muse Developments to turn vision to reality

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Making the vision a reality

A leading developer has been selected to take forward South Shields 365. Muse Developments - one of the country's leading names in property development and urban regeneration - will deliver the £100million masterplan which aims to make South Shields an exciting destination every day of the year.

Muse is a national developer best known in the North East for its transformation of Newcastle's Quayside. More recently the company was Durham City's partner in the Walkergate development, including a cafe, bars and restaurants as well as 35 apartments and a 100-bedroom hotel. Muse is currently working with Stockton Council to deliver a £300million mixed use development on the Northshore site.

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "Muse's track record of delivering successful town centre regeneration is second to none, and the company will bring further expertise, innovation and financial strength to our plans. South Shields 365 is an ambitious vision for a radical redevelopment and this appointment is a major step towards making the vision a reality."

David Wells, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: "This is an exciting challenge for Muse. Successful regeneration is about much more than bricks and mortar. It is about creating sustainable, vibrant communities where people are proud to live and work. South Shields has the potential to be a fantastic example of how regeneration can transform an area, and we look forward to working with the Council and the local community in achieving this."

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Developer Excited by £100m South Shields Regeneration Scheme

This from the South Tyneside Council website 05/09/13

Developer Excited by £100m South Shields Regeneration Scheme

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Multi-million pound plans for renewal of South Shields town centre have moved closer to becoming a reality with a top-level visit from the developers appointed to take the scheme forward.

Muse Developments - one of the country's leading names in property development and urban regeneration - were selected last month to deliver South Tyneside Council's ambitious South Shields 365 masterplan over a five to ten year period. The ambitious scheme aims to make South Shields an exciting destination every day of the year.

Matt Crompton, joint managing director of Muse, was in South Shields with the Council's leader, Cllr Iain Malcolm, to finalise key legal agreements and agree the next steps for putting the £100m vision into action.

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"We are working closely with Muse with a view to construction of the new library and community hub starting before the end of 2014."

The next step for the scheme will be a planning application, which is likely to be submitted early in the New Year. The proposals will include a library and community hub on the site of Wouldhave House, retail and leisure facilities at Barrington Street and Fowler Street West, and a new transport interchange at Keppel Street. The scheme will also improve the market place and St Hilda's area, as well as bringing a new cinema, shops, restaurants and additional car parking.

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Old November 1st, 2013, 05:34 PM   #65
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From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/s...ture-1-6207459

South Shields Market: Stallholders asked for ideas on future



COUNCIL bosses are aiming to make peace with disgruntled market traders over ambitious plans to revitalise South Shields town centre.

Earlier this year some stallholders in the town’s ancient Market Place accused the council of “doing nothing” to help them.

They feared a £100m regeneration masterplan – which proposes to create a public green space, café and amphitheatre within the market square – would lead to a much-reduced area for traders to operate.

But now town hall chiefs have pledged to address those concerns, and they want stallholders to help shape the market’s future.

Traders are being invited to meet with council officials and share their ideas for improvements.

Among the possibilities already under consideration are:

* The replacement of the existing metal stalls with “something more attractive” – possibly a traditional wooden design.

* To supply traders with water and electricity.

* To install better and more energy-efficient lighting.

* To improve links toward St Hilda’s gardens and square.

In the past, there have also been calls for the area to be covered, to help trade during bad weather, but that has been dismissed because of the cost of doing so.

Coun Michael Clare, the council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “The council is moving ahead with ambitious plans to make South Shields an exciting place to be, every day of the year, and transforming the market place is a key part of that vision.

“We have made real progress already, knocking down the eyesore Wouldhave House and selecting a leading developer to help us make the masterplan a reality.

“We are keen to work with the market traders and hear what sort of changes they think would help to strengthen the market and attract more customers.

“That might include things like supplying water and electricity to individual stalls, and replacing the existing metal stalls with something more attractive.”

The market place is a key part of the South Shields 365 vision, with the former Wouldhave House site set for a new central library and cultural centre as part of the blueprint.

The town’s market has been established since the 1700s, around the 18th-century old town hall.

Today it is held three times a week – Monday, Friday and Saturday.
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 05:46 PM   #66
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Traders set out stall over future of South Shields market

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From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/s...ture-1-6207459

South Shields Market: Stallholders asked for ideas on future



COUNCIL bosses are aiming to make peace with disgruntled market traders over ambitious plans to revitalise South Shields town centre.

Earlier this year some stallholders in the town’s ancient Market Place accused the council of “doing nothing” to help them.

They feared a £100m regeneration masterplan – which proposes to create a public green space, café and amphitheatre within the market square – would lead to a much-reduced area for traders to operate.

But now town hall chiefs have pledged to address those concerns, and they want stallholders to help shape the market’s future.

Traders are being invited to meet with council officials and share their ideas for improvements.

Among the possibilities already under consideration are:

* The replacement of the existing metal stalls with “something more attractive” – possibly a traditional wooden design.

* To supply traders with water and electricity.

* To install better and more energy-efficient lighting.

* To improve links toward St Hilda’s gardens and square.

In the past, there have also been calls for the area to be covered, to help trade during bad weather, but that has been dismissed because of the cost of doing so.

Coun Michael Clare, the council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “The council is moving ahead with ambitious plans to make South Shields an exciting place to be, every day of the year, and transforming the market place is a key part of that vision.

“We have made real progress already, knocking down the eyesore Wouldhave House and selecting a leading developer to help us make the masterplan a reality.

“We are keen to work with the market traders and hear what sort of changes they think would help to strengthen the market and attract more customers.

“That might include things like supplying water and electricity to individual stalls, and replacing the existing metal stalls with something more attractive.”

The market place is a key part of the South Shields 365 vision, with the former Wouldhave House site set for a new central library and cultural centre as part of the blueprint.

The town’s market has been established since the 1700s, around the 18th-century old town hall.

Today it is held three times a week – Monday, Friday and Saturday.
Follow up from today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...rket-1-6208787

Traders set out stall over future of South Shields market


IDEAS ... stallholder Brendan Bradley.

STALLHOLDERS in South Shields have pitched their views on how to revive the town’s historic Market Place.

Council bosses this week pledged to listen to traders’ views as they push ahead with a £100m masterplan for the town.

Among the ideas up for discussion is replacement of the existing metal stalls with “something more attractive” – possibly a traditional wooden design.

Supplying traders with water and electricity and installing better and more energy-efficient lighting are other options.

Stephen Purvis, who sells pies, pastries and cakes from his stall, welcomed the dialogue.

He said: “The idea of creating a more traditional market could work.

“It’s probably a good idea. It would create a uniformity in the Market Place.

“They have done something similar at Morpeth market, where they have brought in gazebos and it has gone down really well.

“My main concern is what will be the consequences of dividing the market in half, as is planned.

“What will that mean for me because I have just acquired a permanent pitch?

“What will it mean for the stallholders who have traded here for 20 or 30 years? Will they be moved on? That’s the dialogue we need to have.

“As for lighting up the stalls, that could work, especially on the colder winter afternoons. It would make the market more inviting.”

Brendan Bradley has been selling ornaments and collectables from his stall for just three months.

He said: “My suggestion would be to extend the tarpaulin above the stalls to give more protection in bad weather.

“As for providing electricity, I’m not sure that would be any benefit, unless you’re selling electrical items. Street lamps might make the stalls more inviting.”

Karen Anderson has sold pillows and home furnishings in the Market Place for 22 years,

She said: “I’m not particularly bothered about making the market pretty, it’s just about persuading people to come here.

“One thing that could have helped that was if they had created a car park on the Wouldhave House site – instead of grassing it and putting a wooden fence around it.”
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£12m kick-starts South Shields 365 revolution



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a KEY element in the regeneration of South Shields town centre is set for lift off next year after the government gave approval to a £12m low cost loan.

The cash will kick-start work on a new central library and community hub – containing retail and leisure space – on the site of the former Wouldhave House in South Shields’ Market Place, next summer.

South Tyneside Council bosses today hailed the news, which it is also hoped will help attract further investment from the private sector to push ahead with the 365 masterplan, launched in January of this year.

The 365 plan aims to make South Shields a “destination” every day of the year.

That includes major new developments across the town centre, including a cinema, retail outlets, housing, a transport interchange and Market Place revamp.
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On the face of it, it looks like the ideas for regeneration is turning into proposals for investment which will hopefully complement the hard work that is going into the town centre, Foreshore and Riverside, meeting head-on the challenge for a place that is on the periphery of the magnet that is Newcastle.

Early planning for some spin-off would also be great. What to do with the fringes of the town centre, that is the riverside peninsula, the approach towards the town centre via Laygate and also Westoe Road is now worth thinking about in terms of opportunities for new businesses to grow. I think there will be great potential.
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On the face of it, it looks like the ideas for regeneration is turning into proposals for investment which will hopefully complement the hard work that is going into the town centre, Foreshore and Riverside, meeting head-on the challenge for a place that is on the periphery of the magnet that is Newcastle.

Early planning for some spin-off would also be great. What to do with the fringes of the town centre, that is the riverside peninsula, the approach towards the town centre via Laygate and also Westoe Road is now worth thinking about in terms of opportunities for new businesses to grow. I think there will be great potential.
Improving access to the town would be a great start. The main route to South Shields is the A194 and that limits it to three pinch points which are god awful at the best of times. White Mare Pool roundabout is shockingly bad during rush hour, as is Lindisfarne Roundabout and the Junction of the A185/A194.

I've read that Lindisfarne and the A185 junctions are due to be improved in 2015, will it happen? Probably not.
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South Shields 365 - £100m revamp work begins with demolition of Wouldhave House, as at 16/01/14

Work almost at completion following the demolition on Wouldhave House by Owen Pugh (Contracts) and I took these photos on Thursday 16/01/14 approx 1330 to show state of works at that time - knee rail fence in place, grass establishing itself and work to gable end complete (images hosted on Photobucket)













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Council could face legal battles over £100m town centre revamp

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...vamp-1-6394525

Council could face legal battles over £100m town centre revamp
24th January 2014


ALREADY ACQUIRED ... the site of the former Streamline garage in Burrow Street. But the council could face a legal battle over other properties.

COUNCIL bosses could be on a collision course with property owners over a £100m masterplan to revamp South Shields town centre.

South Tyneside Council needs to acquire about 120 properties to make the South Shields 365 project a reality, and negotiations are already under way with the owners of properties that would need to be flattened to make way for the redevelopment.

The talks are mostly with property owners around the Barrington Street area – earmarked for leisure and retail outlets – and land to the west of Fowler Street, lined up to become a transport hub.

A council boss has admitted it is likely the local authority will need to invoke its powers of compulsory purchase to force some landowners to sell up.

It is also acknowledged that the cost of the whole process will run to “several million” pounds.

Despite those concerns, some deals have already been struck.

The former Streamline Garage building, in Burrow Street, has been acquired by the council.

The local authority is eager to avert a repeat of the protracted negotiations required with landowners in Frederick Street, South Shields.

That dispute has held back some of the plans for the transformation of the area.

Among the buildings to be flattened as part of the 365 masterplan are the town’s post office and Dawson and Sanderson travel agent’s in Keppel Street, and the Shields Gazette’s office and JobCentre in Chapter Row.

In a report to next week’s meeting of the council’s Riverside community area forum, David Cramond, the authority’s corporate director for economic regeneration, says: “In order to enable the scheme to proceed, the council will need to acquire about 120 property interests in the town centre.

“The council has developed, and is implementing, a detailed property strategy and has approached all landowners affected by the scheme and is in negotiation with several of them with a view to acquiring their interests.

“One property in Barrington Street has been acquired in addition to other properties in and around Fowler Street.

“It is likely that the council will need to invoke its powers of compulsory purchase in order to acquire all the necessary property interests.”

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Owner’s worry as timber firm faces uprooting

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...ting-1-6406051

Owner’s worry as timber firm faces uprooting


MOVING ON ... Ashley Timber managing director Brian Seales.

THE boss of one of the biggest businesses in South Shields town centre has expressed his concern as he faces up to finding a new “home”.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of Ashley Timber setting up in the town’s Garden Lane.

The company employs 22 members of staff on a huge 40,000 sq ft site which also incorporates the Ashley Bedrooms firm in nearby Mount Terrace.

The business says it has benefited from being at the heart of the town centre and close to transport links.

But as a result of South Tyneside Council’s £100m 365 “masterplan” to regenerate the area and create a new retail quarter, it will need to relocate within a few years.

Managing director Brian Seales says he faces a “significant challenge” in finding the right alternative site.

He said: “I have had very initial discussions with the town hall and they outlined their view that the next five years are going to be crucial for the redevelopment of the town.

“Ours is part of the last phase of the redevelopment, as far as I can gather.

“Our big problem is obviously going to be relocation, given our position in the town.

“The business was founded here 25 years ago because it is close to transport links, car parking and the warehouse space.

“It would appear that we will have no option but to relocate but it will be a significant challenge to find the right alternative location.

“The logistics of the move will be enormous and much of our success is the result of our position in the town.

“We are part of South Shields town centre, and moving to an industrial estate is not something I’d want.”

Mr Seales stressed that he is not against the redevelopment of the town.

He added: “I live in South Shields and I was born and bred here.

“Unfortunately, the town centre shops are not what they were and they do need a revamp.

“I also accept that ours is an old building, an and ugly one. But it suits our purposes.” Council bosses admit that Compulsory Purchase Orders may be used to acquire land at Fowler Street – if negotiations with businesses fail.

Tonight members of the council’s Area Community Forum will receive an update on the council’s 365 regeneration plan.

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South Shields 365 - Businesses fear for future under £100m ‘masterplan’

Another article from Shields Gazette on 29/01/14 about the concerns of local business operations

Businesses fear for future under £100m ‘masterplan’

GARAGE and factory unit owners whose businesses stand in the way of a £100m South Shields town centre “masterplan”, say they fear for their futures.

As part of the plans, a new retail “quarter” is proposed in Fowler Street West, on a site now predominantly occupied by industrial outlets, many of which have been based in the area for decades.

The council has already acquired the former Streamline garage in Burrow Street, but negotiations with many other businesses have yet to begin.

Some units have also been derelict for years – including the unsightly Tynedale Car Sales outlet.

Meanwhile, existing traders say they would want to remain close to the town centre – rather than be re-located to more isolated industrial units.

Redevelopment of the area is one of the latter phases of the South Shields 365 “masterplan” – with work on the site unlikely to begin before 2018.


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Council leader’s pledge on £100m ‘masterplan’

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...plan-1-6431931

Council leader’s pledge on £100m ‘masterplan’
11th February 2014


AMBITIOUS VISION ... council leader Iain Malcolm, right, and regeneration chief David Cramond say the 365 vision will transform South Shields town centre.

THE leader of South Tyneside Council today pledged his commitment to “see the job through” for a £100m masterplan to regenerate South Shields town centre.

It was early last year that Labour’s Coun Iain Malcolm unveiled ‘South Shields 365’.

The aim was to transform the town over a 10-year period.

The first phase is well under way after the demolition of Wouldhave House in the Market Place – with work to start later this year on a new library and community hub on that site.

The second phase will see a new cinema and associated leisure and retail in Barrington Street, followed by creation of a transport hub in Keppel Street in 2015/16.

But the work doesn’t end there.

The third phase, in Fowler Street, will see a large new retail quarter within five to seven years.

It’s a hugely ambitious plan and today Coun Malcolm, along with David Cramond, the local authority’s director of economic regeneration, pledged to fully consult all businesses impacted by the changes, with a commitment to make every effort to relocate them in the town – or in the borough.

And it also emerged that front counter staff at the Post Office in Keppel Street are to be located to the new community hub in the Market Place, although the Royal Mail sorting staff will be at an alternative location.

Plans are also afoot for a new hotel and conference centre on the river front – with the current favoured site between the BT headquarters and the Customs House.

Coun Malcolm acknowledged the scale of the vision is so large the original estimate of £100m will almost inevitably rise.

He said: “When you consider Haven Point cost £18m and was one building, then I think we’ll end up looking for more funding to get it right through private support, through government grants and our own resources as a council.

“This project, as someone from South Shields, is simply too important not to get right.

“It is going to put South Shields and our borough not just on the regional, but on the national, map.

“It’s fair to say within 10 years people will see a new Barrington Street area with cinema and associated leisure and retail.

“They will see a new bus interchange, a transport hub for the town centre, a new library with an archive service and local history section.

“They will see new multi-storey car parks. They will then see the existing library brought down and at the river front, from the Customs House to where the Commercial pub was, a new office-civic quarter, with a hotel and associated conference facilities.

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‘We won’t just abandon King Street, South Shields

Another story from Shields Gazette website 11/02/14

DESPITE the ambitious plans elsewhere in the town, South Tyneside Council leader Coun Iain Coun Malcolm says there is no question of “abandoning King Street”.

Key to the plan is the idea of “linking up” areas of the town from the riverside, through the town centre and on to the foreshore.

He added: “Just to be clear on King Street. We don’t own King Street. We don’t own the shops, we don’t set the rents, we don’t set the rates.

“That’s set by Government, we simply collect them. What we’re responsible for is the street scene.

“What retailers tell us is rents are too high and the buildings are not what they require for future operations, which is why we have to look at new developments like this, which are purpose-built.

“That’s why Debenhams and British Homes Stores are on a different location, where the fire station used to be, as they were saying they wouldn’t go into King Street.


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Would be a pity if the better ones fell into decline due to under occupation in the future

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Consult us on plans, solicitor warns

Yet another story from the Shields Gazette website 11/02/13 over the 365 plans and town centre redevelopment


SET FOR REVAMP ... buildings in Barrington Street.

A SOLICITOR whose company is awaiting details of the South Shields 365 masterplan has urged the council to fully consult with the town’s business community.

PGS Law in Coronation Street is on the site of a planned cinema and retail complex in the Barrington Street area.

Keith Swan, a partner with the law firm, supports the council’s ambition to regenerate the town centre.

But he’s anxious the firm should still be able to provide its services from around the same location – due to the ties it has established with townsfolk over almost 50 years.

Mr Swan said: “The council’s plans to improve the vibrancy of the town centre are extremely ambitious and we are very supportive.

“Clearly, at the same time as attracting new businesses to the town centre, it is imperative the council recognise the need to support existing successful town centre businesses and offer them suitable alternative premises that will not detrimentally affect their viability.


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Council bids to ease traders’ 365 fears

From yesterday's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...ears-1-6452563

Council bids to ease traders’ 365 fears
20th February 2014


PLEDGES ... South Tyneside Council leader Coun Iain Malcolm.

COUNCIL bosses are offering an olive branch to traders who could see their businesses relocated by a £100m regeneration plan for South Shields.

As part of the South Shields 365 plan, a new retail “quarter” is proposed in Fowler Street West – a site predominantly occupied by industrial outlets, many of which have been based in the area for decades.

In a bid to ease the fears of traders, many of whom believe the future of their businesses now hang in the balance, South Tyneside Council leader, Coun Iain Malcolm, has made a series of pledges.

He said every business will have the option of an individual meeting to discuss the plans and the timescale involved. He also said the council aims to ensure no business loses out because of the plan.

Coun Malcolm said: “This is a hugely ambitious plan and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the fortunes of the town centre.

“To bring about regeneration on this scale, it will be necessary to acquire properties in the renewal area, and we will ensure that this is done in the right way.

“Every business will have the option of an individual meeting to discuss the plans and timescales involved.

“The council and our agents have already contacted a number of owners, and every business in the regeneration area will be formally contacted by the end of the month.

“In terms of compensation, a guiding principle is that no business or owner is left financially better or worse off as a result of the council acquiring their property through compulsory purchase.”

The council’s economic growth team is already working with a number of businesses to help them match their requirements with suitable alternative premises in the town.

However, not all company owners remain convinced by the reassurance.

John Carey, owner of John Carey Motors, in William Street, which trades in conjunction with the Clutch Centre, owned by Michael Moon, is still doubtful.

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Plans unveiled for a new-look South Shields town centre

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Plans unveiled for a new-look South Shields town centre
May 29, 2014 00:01 By Ian Robson


South Shields Town Centre Redevelopment. The proposed new Central Library and Digital Media Centre

South Shields’ new-look town centre could include a paved plaza, library and state of the art media hub to create ‘a sense of belonging’, designers have said.

South Tyneside Council, in partnership with Muse Developments, hope a £100m plan will change the face of the town.

A public consultation where plans will be made available for the first time will take place on Thursday June 5 and Saturday June 7 at the central library in Prince George Square.

David Wells, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “The sense of community is second to none and the new library and transformation of the Market Place will provide excellent platforms on which the community can thrive. The space will be mixed use with new retail opportunities as well as cultural and learning spaces with facilities for community groups and organisations of all ages to enjoy.”

Travel and leisure will also form part of the plan which will take ten years to complete.

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‘We’ll transform South Shields in 10 years, not 20’

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‘We’ll transform South Shields in 10 years, not 20’
29th May 2014



THe man charged with creating a new £100m town centre for South Shields believes his firm can deliver in “closer to 10 than 20 years.”

David Wells, development director at Muse Developments, spoke as the first detailed images of the ‘365 Masterplan’ were issued. Mr Wells said he believed the masterplan will have a “ripple effect” by attracting more visitors and investment into the town.

He said: “This level of investment will make a big difference to South Shields as a whole and will have a ripple effect on how people see the town by attracting visitors and more investment into the town. I believe we can deliver this vision in closer to 10 than 20 years.” He added: “The sense of community in South Shields is second to none and the new library and transformation of the Market Place will provide excellent platforms on which the community can thrive. The space will be mixed use with new retail opportunities as well as cultural and learning spaces with facilities for community groups and organisations of all ages to enjoy.”

Mr Wells said the Market Place would remain open to traders and the public while work was being carried out. Mr Wells accepted it was “unfortunate” that some major retailers had exited King Street in recent months but says 
he believes attracting new modern retail units into the town centre will help revive the traditional shopping thoroughfare in time.

The second stage of ‘365’ will see the creation of a transport interchange next to the town’s Metro station, consultation on which should start next year. That would be followed in about three years by a new cinema complex and leisure facilities in the Barrington Street/Keppel Street area. The vision would then be completed by the establishment of a major retail hub at the back of Fowler Street. The new Central Library design is a 45,000 sq ft circular building located on part of the former Wouldhave House site. The four-storey building would also incorporate audio-visual attractions, webcams 
and links to other borough visitor attractions, including Arbeia Fort, Bede’s World and Haven Point.

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There is such negativity about this plan and I can't understand why. Frankly, it's amazing there is such vision for the town centre and that it is backed financially to become a reality. Let's face it, the town centre cannot survive in its current state. It's failing in all aspects; economically, socially and environmentally. I would suggest that the only way to improve the town for residents, businesses etc is a comprehensive redevelopment. Given the dire state of affairs a piecemeal or scaled-back approach simply won't work. For once I'm proud that there is such vision and interdisciplinary working to bring about the scale of regeneration proposed.
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