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Old January 13th, 2015, 10:28 AM   #121
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South Shields traders not keen on move to make way for 365 revamp

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...vamp-1-7046339
South Shields traders not keen on move to make way for 365 revamp
13th January 2015


UP IN THE AIR ... Paul Campbell, left, and John Carey don't want to move their businesses from South Shields town centre to Simonside Industrial Estate, pictured.

TOWN centre businesses who could see their firms moved to an outlying industrial estate to make way for the council’s “South Shields 365” masterplan are resisting the move, it has emerged.

South Tyneside Council has acquired land behind Tesco supermarket, on the Simonside Industrial Estate, to relocate firms currently operating at the rear of Fowler Street, South Shields, and discussions have been launched with businesses over the possibility of re-locating there.

But traders have reservations over the move, claiming the site is “too isolated” from the town centre. Now it seems likely the local authority will need to utilise compulsory purchase powers to ensure the £100m vision for the future of the town is realised.

In a recent regeneration report, David Cramond, the council’s corporate director for economic regeneration, says: “As part of the regeneration of the town centre, it is necessary to acquire a significant number of properties in order to assemble sites to facilitate new development. Active negotiations are currently in hand for a number of properties. However some resistance from owners is being experienced, and it is likely the council will need to commence seeking compulsory purchase powers this year to be able to complete the necessary land and property acquisitions. Where the council has acquired properties necessary for regeneration, it will look to demolish where appropriate. In addition to acquiring land and assembling sites, the council is mindful that this will involve the relocation of some businesses. Every business in the town centre which is affected by the regeneration proposals has been contacted by the council, and is actively seeking to work with these businesses to identify alternative accommodation for those wishing to relocate. A site at Simonside Industrial Estate has recently been acquired by the council, and early stage discussions are taking place with some affected businesses concerning their relocation.”

John Carey, who has run John Carey Motors in William Street, South Shields for 18 years, is one of the businesses affected. He said: “We’re very much up in the air. We’ve no idea what sort of timescale the council is working to, although there have been a lot of road markings put down recently which indicate where water and electricity supplies are, so it may be imminent. I’d prefer to stay in the town centre. Simonside Industrial Estate is too isolated. If an old guy is dropping his car off there, how’s he going to get back home? We need more information. I only rent but the landlord hasn’t heard anything.”

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Old February 27th, 2015, 07:17 PM   #122
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South Shields Market, Friday 27/02/15

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The market in South Shields was was well supported both with traders (across most of the Market Square) and shoppers on Friday 27/02/15 as can be seen in these pictures taken by myself at approx 1115 and later at 1415















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Old February 27th, 2015, 07:43 PM   #123
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Demoliton of former Shields Gazette base - pictures 27/02/15

Following up on post #118 of 09/01/15

Approx 7 weeks on and works look to be nearing completion with all of structure now down, area topsoiled and timber knee rail fences in place as can be seen in these pictures by myself Friday 27/02/15 taken by myself at approx 1100

















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Nice to see the market going well from Ken's shots there but as with all of our regional markets it seems to be a quarter of the size of it was during the 1990s.

I imagine the market for the....market has been swallowed up low cost retailers such as B&M et al
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Town hall bosses prepare compulsory purchase orders to force through 365 South Shields town centre plan

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...plan-1-7160388
Town hall bosses prepare compulsory purchase orders to force through 365 South Shields town centre plan
By Paul Kelly 18 March 2015



SOUTH Tyneside Council is preparing to use compulsory purchase orders to ensure its ‘South Shields 365’ masterplan becomes a reality, it has emerged.

Some properties have been successfully acquired – including the former Gazette building in Chapter Row and the Tyneside Car Sales and Streamline garages at the back of nearby Fowler Street. But due to “increasing resistance”, from some property owners CPOs are set to be sought later this year. And the council has already approached specialist planning solicitors Pinsent Masons with a view to seeking them. To achieve its goal, 90 town centre land and property interests must be acquired, many of which are freehold or on long leases. And to date only 28 per cent of those interests have been acquired – leaving 77 outstanding.

On a more positive note, work on The Word, the new central library and digital media centre in South Shields’ Market Place, is to start on site next month, with the name of the contractor chosen to carry out the work to be announced next week. Plans for a new transport interchange at the heart of the town are also gathering pace with a planning application expected to be submitted in late spring this year, following a public consultation.

And development partners South Tyneside Council, Muse Developments and Nexus are working on a bid for grant funding from the Local Transport Board, expected to be submitted in July. Coun John Anglin, the council’s lead member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “We would always prefer to secure properties through negotiation and agreement but that will not be possible in all cases. We value our businesses and the contribution they make to the local economy so we are doing all we can to help those displaced by the regeneration plans. Our officers are in regular contact with affected owners and tenants to support them with business relocations and compensation payments. We are actively working with a number of businesses trying to identify alternative premises or development opportunities so that they can continue to trade in the town.”

When members of the council’s decision-making cabinet meet next week they will be advised that orders will “likely” be needed to allow the development to progress. The council’s cabinet is to meet at South Shields Town Hall from 4pm next Wednesday.

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Old May 7th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #126
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Demoliton of former Shields Gazette base - pictures 07/05/15

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Revealed: First look at new South Shields transport centre

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...ntre-1-7298937
Revealed: First look at new South Shields transport centre
Monday 08 June 2015


South Shields transport interchange

DEVELOPERS have revealed the first look at radical changes to South Shields town centre. The team behind the £100million 365 masterplan for South Shields town centre have released artists impressions of how the town’s new transport interchange will look.

The computer-generated images show a complete reworking of Kepple Street and the surrounding area, with a dazzling new bus and Metro station.

Councillor John Anglin, lead member for Regeneration and Economy, said “The bus or Metro station is the gateway into South Shields, and the first thing people see when arriving, so it’s vital that we get it right. The proposed transport interchange is an integral part of our South Shields 365 vision and a new integrated facility would aim to improve connectivity and access to the different elements of the town.”

South Tyneside Council and its development partner Muse Developments will be holding a public consultation on the proposals starting next week. The team say the consultation is an opportunity for people to find out more about the development and changes to the road network, which are included in phase two of the town’s redevelopment. Those who attend will also be able to meet the people behind the vision for the future of South Shields town centre. The proposed future plans for the remainder of the masterplan will also be available for the public to view. Extensive discussions have already taken place with Metro operator Nexus the main bus operators, the Hackney Carriage Association and the private taxi operators.

The public consultation event will take place from 2pm – 7pm on Thursday 18 June in South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road and 12.00pm – 4.00pm Saturday 20 June 2015 in South Shields’ Central Library, Prince Georg Square following which the exhibition of plans will tour various location in the town – information on these locations can be found on the consultation website, where people can also keep up to date and give feedback on the regeneration of South Shields town centre: www.southshields365progress.com

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Old June 9th, 2015, 07:37 PM   #128
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Revealed: First look at new South Shields transport centre
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There is an aerial view of this development at: http://www.southshields365progress.c...t-interchange/



The transport interchange is just to the right of the centre of the image.

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Old June 11th, 2015, 09:45 AM   #129
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Well-known South Shields pub closes its doors as demolition day approaches

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...ches-1-7303641
Well-known South Shields pub closes its doors as demolition day approaches
By Paul Kelly 11th June 2015


Cross Arms Hotel

One of South Tyneside’s best-known boozers has closed its doors as council bosses push ahead with a £100million masterplan.

Negotiations are ongoing for the sale of the Cross Arms Hotel in Barrington Street, South Shields. The famous old bar is set to make way for a major redevelopment of the Barrington Street and Chapter Row area of the town, incorporating the old General Havelock pub site and the former Shields Gazette offices.

As part of the local authority’s ‘South Shields 365’ vision the land is earmarked for a new cinema, retail outlets and leisure development, incorporating restaurants.

Redevelopment of the town centre has moved on apace since the start of the year. Work has started to clear the former Wouldhave House site in the Market Place to make way for work on The Word, the new central library and digital hub which forms the first stage of ‘365’.

Now the council has revealed it is in the process of buying the Cross Arms Hotel, formerly the Douglas Vaults, and that negotiations are also ongoing with other building owners in the area. The bar has had various different identities over the years. It was once The Buffalo, The Spirit Vaults and, simply, The Spirit. But for a generation of revellers in the town it will always be best known by its nickname – The ‘Dougie’ Vaults.

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There is an aerial view of this development at: http://www.southshields365progress.c...t-interchange/



The transport interchange is just to the right of the centre of the image.

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It'll be interesting to see which supermarket takes the large building to towards the bottom of that image. Asda already have a large unit, LIDL and Aldi are both located not that far away so I suspect it could be Tesco but given that they are already closing lots of stores then I doubt they'd want to face the competition with Asda only metres away and the smaller supermarkets better located outside of the town centre. Although I'd like to see a Waitrose there as the closest one of those is Newcastle.
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Royal Mail continues with promise to stay in South Shields town centre

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...ntre-1-7312888
Royal Mail continues with promise to stay in South Shields town centre
By Paul Kelly 16th June 2015


South Shields Post Office, Keppel Street

Postal bosses have delivered a pledge to remain at the heart of South Tyneside – despite plans to demolish two major buildings as part of a £100million town masterplan.

Design drawings for a new integrated transport interchange in South Shields town centre were released by the borough council and its development partner on the town’s ‘365’ vision, Muse, last week. But for the new bus and Metro interchange to go-ahead it requires the demolition of both the Royal Mail’s sorting office in Keppel Street and the Crown Post Office on the same site. Now consultations are under way over alternative sites to relocate those existing services within the town.

Meanwhile, tomorrow, townsfolk will be able to examine plans for the interchange at a consultation event from 2pm to 7pm at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery in Ocean Road. It will be followed on Saturday, from noon to 4pm, with a second gathering at South Shields Central Library in Prince Georg Square, following which the exhibition of plans will tour various locations in the town.

Today a spokesman for South Tyneside Council said discussions with Royal Mail and the Post Office were at an “advanced” stage, adding: “We understand that the Post Office is committed to remaining in South Shields town centre and is currently seeking alternative premises. We also understand that Royal Mail is seeking an alternative location within South Shields for its sorting office.”

A spokesman for Royal Mail said “all options” were being considered for an alternative site. He said: “Royal Mail can confirm that it is currently considering all options for its South Shields delivery office operations and is in discussion with South Tyneside Council on the future of its site at Keppel Street. There are no immediate plans to change the way we sort mail or deliver mail in the South Shields area. Royal Mail operates an open and honest policy with our staff and any changes to our delivery operation are always discussed first with our people.”

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It'll be interesting to see which supermarket takes the large building to towards the bottom of that image. Asda already have a large unit, LIDL and Aldi are both located not that far away so I suspect it could be Tesco but given that they are already closing lots of stores then I doubt they'd want to face the competition with Asda only metres away and the smaller supermarkets better located outside of the town centre. Although I'd like to see a Waitrose there as the closest one of those is Newcastle.
Would most likely be Tesco I reckon as the shop they have next to the A19 is tiny and outdated.
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Improvements to market place continue

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Improvements to market place continue
18th June 2015

Work will get underway next week to landscape South Shields' market place as part of South Tyneside Council's £100m 365 masterplan.

The next phase of the improvements will start on Tuesday and will incorporate the northern section of the main market place. The market will remain open during this phase, which is scheduled for completion later this year. Pedestrian access will be maintained between Dean Street and King Street, but vehicle access will be restricted to the East road.

Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: "It will be business as usual at the market while this work is ongoing so I'd encourage residents and visitors to continue shopping and supporting our local traders. South Shields has a long and proud tradition of market trading dating back more than 200 years and the market place is central to the town's unique offer. Once the remodelling is complete, it will be a fantastic 21st century civic space at the heart of the town where it will become a focal point not only for the market but for other events and activities."

During this phase, main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland will install groundworks, including drainage and service ducting to feed the new lighting scheme. New kerbs will be formed to the new road configuration around the site and concrete foundations and the steelwork structure for the new fixed market canopy will be installed. Finally, new paving, signage and street furniture will be fitted.

Construction of The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word, is already well underway and consultation has now started on the development of a new transport interchange.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 05:10 PM   #134
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Business ‘left in limbo’ by £100m South Shields 365 masterplan

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...plan-1-7317660
Business ‘left in limbo’ by £100m South Shields 365 masterplan
By Paul Kelly 19th June 2015


Company Director Ralph Thoburn wants active dialogue over his company's expected move from Barrington Street, South Shields.

A South Tyneside businessman says he has been left in limbo as the council pushes ahead with a £100m town masterplan.

Amidt all the ambitious plans, negotiations are ongoing with numerous property owners to acquire buildings needed to ensure the town vision becomes a reality.

And one of the businesses earmarked to move is Thoburn and Chapman chartered accountants, part of the Prime Accountancy group, based at the heart of Barrington Street. The long-established family firm’s building is to be flattened to help make way for a new cinema, restaurants and retail outlets.

Company director Ralph Thoburn is a supporter of the council’s ‘365 vision’. But he’s frustrated at the lack of information about the scheme and the timescale for the proposed demolition, which he says is making it difficult to plan for the future. He said: “The council came and measured up in the building 15 months ago. Our understanding is that it is required and that the intention is to purchase the property, but I haven’t had an offer and I have no idea as to the timescale of the work, which would at least be useful. We can’t get documents printed with our address on if in a few months we won’t even be here. It’s an unsatisfactory situation and leaves us in limbo to an extent. Apparently the council has a relocation team, but I haven’t heard from it. In an ideal world we’d like to stay in South Shields, there has been a Chapman and Partners here since about 1895 and most of our staff live around the town, but we do have clients across the North East. I support the redevelopment of the town, it’s long overdue, but we need an active dialogue and a timescale so we can make plans for the future.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “As with all businesses which are willing to engage with the council, we have been liaising regularly with Thoburn and Chapman via the agent appointed to act on their behalf. The most recent contact was in May. Thoburn and Chapman’s premises will be acquired to facilitate regeneration as part of the 365 masterplan. The council will continue to keep the business updated, via our respective agents, throughout negotiations.”

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South Shields Jobcentre to be demolished as part of £100m 365 masterplan

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...plan-1-7321921
South Shields Jobcentre to be demolished as part of £100m 365 masterplan
By Paul Kelly 23rd June 2015


Negotiations are going on to find a new site for South Shields Jobcentre, currently located in Chapter Row, South Shields.

Negotiations are ongoing to move South Shields Jobcentre to another site in the town centre – ahead of its demolition to help realise a £100million masterplan.

The South Shields ‘365’ regeneration project is now moving forward at speed. Work has started on The Word, a new central library and digital hub on the former Wouldhave House site in the town’s Market Place. Design plans have also been issued for an integrated transport hub, earmarked for the current Royal Mail sorting office and Crown Post Office in Keppel Street.

Among the parties in re-location talks are the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), with the town’s Jobcentre in Chapter Row set to be flattened to make way for a new cinema, retail outlets and restaurants. The Gazette understands the existing library in Prince George Square is one of the re-location options under consideration.

A spokeswoman for South Tyneside Council declined to confirm that, but emphasised the need for the Jobcentre to remain in the town centre. She said: “We are working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions who currently occupy the building as our tenant, to find alternative locations within the town centre. It would be inappropriate to discuss the details of this at present.”

A spokesman for the DWP confirmed that talks over a move within the town were ongoing, but declined to comment further.
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‘Business as usual’ as work begins on South Shields Market Place

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...lace-1-7324380
‘Business as usual’ as work begins on South Shields Market Place
By Paul Kelly 24th June 2015



It will be “business as usual” as work starts to transform historic South Shields Market Place, says a top council boss. The first stage in the transformation of the famous trading area was launched yesterday with landscaping of the northern section.

It is just the beginning of what will be a major overhaul of the square as part of South Tyneside Council’s ‘South Shields 365’ £100million masterplan.

The work will pave the way for main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland to install groundworks, including drainage and service ducting, to feed a new lighting scheme. Kerbs will then be formed to the new road configuration around the site and concrete foundations and the steelwork structure for the new fixed market canopy installed. Finally, new paving, signage and street furniture will be fitted.

Council bosses say the market will remain open during the first phase of the work, which is scheduled for completion later this year. Pedestrian access will also be maintained between Dean Street and King Street, but vehicle access will be restricted on the east side of the market.

Coun John Anglin, the council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said he wanted the market to remain a focal point in the town as it has been for 200 years. He said: “It will be business as usual at the market while this work is ongoing so I’d encourage residents and visitors to continue shopping and supporting our local traders. South Shields has a long and proud tradition of market trading dating back more than 200 years and the Market Place is central to the town’s unique offer. Once the remodelling is complete, it will be a fantastic 21st century civic space at the heart of the town where it will become a focal point not only for the market but for other events and activities.”

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Transformation of South Shields Market Place a ‘necessary evil’

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Transformation of South Shields Market Place a ‘necessary evil’
By Paul Kelly 03 July 2015


Aldermans coffee house formely Coffee Caban at South Shields Market Square. Owner Ewen Murray

A trader has labelled the upheaval to transform South Shields Market Place as a “necessary evil” as work to revamp the historic area picks up pace.

The first stage in the transformation of the famous trading square has been launched with landscaping of the northern section. It is just the beginning of what will be a major overhaul of the area as part of South Tyneside Council’s ‘South Shields 365’ £100million masterplan.

The work will pave the way for main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland to install groundworks, including drainage and service ducting, to feed a new lighting scheme. Kerbs will then be formed to the new road configuration around the site and concrete foundations and the steelwork structure for a new fixed market canopy installed. Finally, new paving, signage and street furniture will be fitted.

Traders the Gazette spoke to were supportive of the need to make the market fit for the 21st century. Ewen Murray, who runs Aldermans cafe in the Market Place, said his trade hadn’t been particularly impacted upon since the works started. He said: “They have generally kept the disruption down and the noise of the pneumatic drills is restricted to the morning. There has been a bit of dust but you would expect that. The good thing is that the work has coincided with the great weather which has been bringing people into the town. You’d expect some level of noise and dust and I regard this as a necessary evil because this work is needed. It’s a question of short-term pain for long-term gain and when the work is completed it will be a market to be proud of. The fact that it will have a cover over it will mean the market can trade in all weathers, that’s essential because so many days are currently lost because of the weather.”

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South Shields' Market Place - progress pictures 01/08/15

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Improvements to market place continue
18th June 2015

Work will get underway next week to landscape South Shields' market place as part of South Tyneside Council's £100m 365 masterplan.

The next phase of the improvements will start on Tuesday and will incorporate the northern section of the main market place. The market will remain open during this phase, which is scheduled for completion later this year. Pedestrian access will be maintained between Dean Street and King Street, but vehicle access will be restricted to the East road.

Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: "It will be business as usual at the market while this work is ongoing so I'd encourage residents and visitors to continue shopping and supporting our local traders. South Shields has a long and proud tradition of market trading dating back more than 200 years and the market place is central to the town's unique offer. Once the remodelling is complete, it will be a fantastic 21st century civic space at the heart of the town where it will become a focal point not only for the market but for other events and activities."

During this phase, main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland will install groundworks, including drainage and service ducting to feed the new lighting scheme. New kerbs will be formed to the new road configuration around the site and concrete foundations and the steelwork structure for the new fixed market canopy will be installed. Finally, new paving, signage and street furniture will be fitted.

Construction of The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word, is already well underway and consultation has now started on the development of a new transport interchange.
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South Shields' Market Place - progress pictures 07/08/15

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These pictures by myself Friday 07/08/15 approx 1245 showing the ongoing work to the Market Place



















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Old August 7th, 2015, 11:07 PM   #140
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Wow. Looks like you'll mever be able to take a picture of the square again without having the view of the buildings blocked by that metal frame.
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