Newbiggin residents and visitors want big improvements with Mary Portas cash – Video

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RESIDENTS and visitors say big improvements are needed if Newbiggin by the Sea is to thrive again.

Those who live in the village say a lot of things could be done to improve the area, including new toilets, a wider range of shops and even a swimming pool.

People reacting today to the �100k government investment in the pilot project that includes Newbiggin by the Sea to help transform the town with Mary Portas. Vox pop - Mr & Mrs Smith from Newcastle.

People reacting today to the �100k government investment in the pilot project that includes Newbiggin by the Sea to help transform the town with Mary Portas. Vox pop - Mr & Mrs Smith from Newcastle.

Mr and Mrs Smith are regular visitors from their home in Newcastle, saying that Newbiggin is a lot quieter than Whitley Bay and more to their liking.

They said: “We love to have a walk along the promenade.

“If the economy picked up across the country then people would come as they’ve got to have money in their pocket to spend.

“But at the end of the day it’s about getting customers in.”

Parker Scott, who lives in nearby Stakeford, said: “I come here on a weekly basis, it’s a nice place to come.

“If you have more businesses, it creates more visitors.

“It’s a shame the Metro doesn’t come up here, even though the railway lines are still in place.

“I used to come up here as a child on the train.”

Mrs Silla Moran, who was born and bred in Newbiggin but now lives in Ashington, visits the village at every opportunity for old time’s sake but says visitors need more variety to spend their money on.

“I don’t know what it’s going to take to bring people back to Newbiggin,” she admitted.

“We’ve got a gorgeous beach but I don’t see anyone on it.

“Newbiggin is a lovely little place and is picking up a bit but there’s no clothes shops here, it’s what women spend the most money on.”

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