£30m plan unveiled to reinvigorate seafront

How the Central Promenade could look after improvements.
How the Central Promenade could look after improvements.

Plans to reinvigorate a section of the borough’s coastline have been unveiled.

The ‘Whitley Bay Seafront Masterplan’ sets out North Tyneside Council’s proposals to reinvigorate the area between St Mary’s Lighthouse and Cullercoats Bay.

The plans are a mix of council and private sector developments and will see more than £30m of new investment.

They will involve a mix of schemes to be funded by North Tyneside Council and partners as well as plans put forward by private developers, aimed at making the area attractive to visitors, residents and businesses.

These include plans for a £1m visitor centre at St Mary’s Headland, improvements to the Watts Slope area, the Spanish City Dome, promenade and landscaping, extra lighting and more.

Mayor for North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve finally reached the stage where we can reveal the details of our ambitious masterplan.

“I know that residents have been keen to see these plans for some time, and I’m delighted that we’re now able to share them publicly.

“These proposals will enable us to make real progress on the improvements that residents and visitors have told us are needed to make Whitley Bay seafront a vibrant, attractive and appealing destination once again.”

The proposals include plans for a new cafe to be built at St Mary’s Headland.

The council said they will also provide improved public toilet facilities, including accessible toilets that will be available to all. An education room will also be provided.

Ths St Mary’s scheme will be delivered by a private developer.

The causeway to St Mary’s is in need of repair to maintain long term access to the lighthouse and island.

The plans also include the provision of high quality, overnight stay beach huts to offer visitor accommodation.

Repairs and minor improvement to the Rendezvous Cafe, and the demolition of Northern Promenade shelters and erection of replacement shelters and new seating are included in the proposals.

Detailed information along with some of the plans and drawings are available on the council’s website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk