Some GOOD news in the Evening Chronicle today (25th Nov. 2009) . .
Still leaves the desperately sad situation along the promenade ..
it's more derelict than ever at the minute despite numerous promises of re-generation over the last 5-10 years hno:
Now, I knew that piece of news was on this forum somewhere, but I couldn't remember where! I have found it now though, on the 'City Centre Retail' thread - but, now that we have a dedicated Whitley Bay thread . . .I'm sure last year or earlier this year they said that they planned on getting the shops down by where Grainger Games is to move into the town centre, so that area could be used as residential, and the empty spaces in the town centre could be filled.
A good idea in my mind.
B&M Bargains isn't exactly what anyone would of wanted to replace Woolworths, but it's still along the same lines. Sainsbury's is good news though, and now I bet Wilkoes will try to snap up either the old COOP sotre or the TJ Alan's old store.
I know its not city centre retail but I didnt know where to put it....apparently Woolworths in Whitley Bay is being turned into a B&M Bargains...
Was this news in the newspaper somewhere? I can't find it.OH dear!hno: god that store is awful! such a prominent site in Whitley Bay too
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2010/02/04/trust-set-to-help-redevelop-whitley-bay-72703-25761448/Trust set to help redevelop Whitley Bay
ATTEMPTS to revamp a seaside town and put it back on the map have moved forward.
Whitley Bay was a favourite summer holiday visitor spot for generations of people but over the last few years the town has felt the pinch.
Now the Whitley Bay Development Trust has been set up in an effort to regenerate the historic part of North Tyneside.
It is a non-political organisation with a small team of directors and wants residents and friends of Whitley Bay to get involved.
The group has also launched a website at www.whitleybaydevelopmenttrust.org to drive forward their plans.
Its aims include helping people to set up businesses in the area and ensure they get the support they need, bringing disused buildings back to life, and working with other organisations to create more jobs and apprenticeships.
Bill Midgley, chairman of the group and former president of British Chambers of Commerce, said the trust’s directors will reap no personal gain.
He added: “'We are not doing this for us. We’re responding to the needs of the town, not dictating to people, which is why we would like to hear what people have to say.
“There is a need for business units and for more opportunities for entrepreneurs and young people in the town. We want those with entrepreneurial and other skills to stay in Whitley Bay and help it grow again.”
Chief executive Christine Savage added: “The website is there to let people know what can be done to revitalise Whitley Bay and, through the website, they can have a say in what they believe needs to be done.
“We have already had a number of encouraging comments, which is really gratifying and shows people are really interested in changing the face of the town.”
She said people would soon be able buy a stake in the trust.
She added: “We feel that no-one is speaking up for Whitley Bay, and we want to move forward as quickly as we can to make a difference.
“Whitley Bay has been allowed to deteriorate over a long period of time and we want to help reverse that trend. We believe there are a lot of people in the town, and people who have close associations with it, who want to see it prosper and grow again.”
Alan Campbell, Tynemouth MP, said: “'I support the Whitley Bay Development Trust in their endeavours to redevelop and regenerate the town.
“Their work brings together the cultural talent of our area with a strong sense of community, to put local people in the driving seat of regeneration. I wish them well in all they do.”
Words of support have also come from Wendy Morton, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Tyneside, who said: “I am pleased to support the trust and look forward to following their progress in the community.”
As well as Ms Savage and Mr Midgley, the trust’s directors are accountant Gavin Hennessey, company director Toby Bridges and businessman Paul Irwin.
A series of public open meetings and exhibitions about the work will take place at St Paul’s Church, in Whitley Bay, on February 18, February 25, March 4, March 11 and March 13.
The group’s website is at www.whitleybaydevelopmenttrust.org.
http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/latest-business-news/2010/02/23/plan-for-luxury-whitley-bay-beach-huts-moves-step-closer-51140-25891166/Plan for luxury Whitley Bay beach huts moves step closer
THE company behind a £2m scheme to build 21 luxury beach huts in Whitley Bay has raised investment to roll out the scheme nationwide and unveiled plans to open an art gallery at the site.
Newcastle-based Beach Hut Resorts (BHR) has won final planning approval to build the huts on the Northern Promenade this year and has now gathered together a group of investors to fund a £30m rollout of similar developments in coastal resorts from Scotland to the south coast.
These developments will include the construction of a new art gallery in Whitley Bay this summer, which will accommodate three artists’ workshops to help support emerging talent.
The gallery, which is planned to be completed in July in time for a summer show, will sit opposite Rendezvous cafe and will be managed as a community interest company, meaning that all profits will be used to support local art projects.
BHR now plans to open further galleries and workshops along the coastline to promote a Cultural Coast to North Tyneside programme and has also acquired several sites further down the country for future developments, including the construction of 1,200 day-stay and overnight beach huts over the next three years.
Kensington and Partners, which were behind schemes including the renovation of Hebburn Hall and the Court House in Morpeth, are the principal architects behind BHR.
BHR has praised North Tyneside Council for backing this vision and has high hopes that the developments can speed up the regeneration of the North Tyneside coastline as one of the region’s biggest holiday destinations.
Darren Baker, financial director at BHR, said: “We feel that North Tyneside Council has the vision and ability to regenerate the coast. Its commitment to our project and understanding of the benefit it brings to tourism and inward investment is refreshing.
“We would like to extend the art programme, opening galleries and workshops along the coast to promote a Cultural Coast to North Tyneside.
“We feel this would support tourism and investment providing a cultural walk from Tynemouth to Whitley Bay, again with all profits being invested back into the community.”
The beach hut development at Whitley Bay will follow soon after the launch of the gallery and is hoped to encourage tourists to explore the coastline as well as visit a number of newly- developed visitor attractions, including the Whitley Bay Playhouse theatre and Waves leisure pool.
Mr Miller said: “We feel our projects are a small stepping stone towards the vision of full coastal regeneration. Along with the planned Spanish City programme and the ongoing work North Tyneside Council is doing, we feel we are at the beginning of a coastal renaissance.
“We admire the mayor and her team for their forward thinking and clear vision for the coast and would welcome any opportunity to work further with the council in the future.”
I agree, thats good news.The Whitley Bay Development Trust has now submitted an application for the former Co-op store: Application Reference 10/00313/FUL
"Change of use of premises from retail (use class A1) to two retail units (use class A1) at ground floor level and offices (use class B1) at first floor level. External works to include new shop frontage, first floor windows and part demolition of rear elevation to create on-site car parking"
Basically I believe that the large existing ground-floor unit will be sub-divided into smaller units, which I think will really improve the street-scene around there and get rid of massive windows filled entirely with Co-op branding.