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March 2012

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Also inside Olympic Torch update What’s on in the borough In Bloom entry form

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How to get in touch with North Tyneside Council

We want to make it easy for you to contact the council – and that includes in person, by phone, by letter, online or by email. In person

You can call in at one of our customer service centres, located throughout the borough. Staff can provide advice and information on a range of council services, including housing and benefits. Our centres are based at:

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Emergencies (24hrs) (0191) 200 6800

Social care (out-of-hours) 0300 123 0812

North Tyneside Council, Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside NE27 0BY.

Victoria Terrace,Whitley Bay

Other main numbers are:

Adult Services (0191) 643 2777

The Forum,Wallsend (from April 2)

Howard Street, North Shields (from March 26)

If you have a general enquiry, you can phone the council’s contact centre on 0345 2000 101 between 7.30am and 8pm, Monday to Friday. (Please note: the centre takes a high volume of calls each day and can be very busy at peak times.)

For concerns about a child – (0191) 643 7979

By letter

By phone

Families Information Service 0345 2000 108

White Swan Centre, Killingworth

For more details see Customer Service article, pages 38 and 39.

Housing and Kier repairs 0345 2000 102

Environmental matters (including weeds and potholes) 0345 2000 103 Council tax and benefits 0345 2000 104 Racial incidents 0345 2000 105 Payments 0345 2000 107

You can write to:

Online

The council website – www.northtyneside.gov.uk – contains plenty of information on a wide range of subjects.

You can apply for planning permission, pay your council tax or report an incident of flytipping. Page after page is available at the click of a mouse.

Email

You can also contact the council via: contact.us@northtyneside.gov.uk

For environmental issues: envirolink@northtyneside.gov.uk

For housing repairs: nt.repairs@kier.co.uk

For the Families Information Service: fis@northtyneside.gov.uk

How to contact your councillor

North Tyneside Council is made up of 20 geographic areas called wards. Each ward has three elected councillors who represent you and your views.

If you would like to meet your local ward councillor, their contact details, and the dates and times of their ward surgeries, are available on the council website. (Click on ‘council and democracy’ then ‘councillors’).

You can also phone the Customer and Member Liaison Office on (0191) 643 2280.

How to report a hate crime

The ARCH network allows people living or working in North Tyneside – or just visiting the borough – to report incidents of hate crime.

You can report an incident if you are the victim; reporting on behalf of the victim; a witness or an agency worker who feels the incident needs to be reported.

The victim decides what happens next – they may want advice from Victim Support but not want the police involved.

ARCH allows supporting agencies to work together to ensure the right support is offered as quickly as possible.

The 24-hour freephone number is 08000 32 32 88.

You can also report an incident at any North Tyneside customer service centre (see list opposite), the Refugee Integration Service (Town Hall,Wallsend), Victim Support (Albion House, North Shields), Wallsend People’s Centre (Frank Street, Wallsend), UniversalYouth and Connexions Services (Wooley Street,Wallsend and Russell Street, North Shields) Amanda Nicole School of Dance (Bewicke Road, Willington Quay) and Age UK North Tyneside (Bradbury Centre, Saville Street West, North Shields).


horizons widening

March 2012

The council produces Widening Horizons four times a year for the residents of North Tyneside.

Our aim is to keep you informed about what the council and its partners are doing to improve life for people in the borough.

The magazine is delivered to more than 90,000 households across the borough. Copies are also available at council facilities, including libraries, leisure centres and community centres.

Every effort is made to ensure that all information is correct at the time of publication.

If you would like to contact the council, the general enquiries number is 0345 2000 101 (between 7.30am and 8pm, Monday to Friday).You can also email contact.us@northtyneside.go.uk or visit the council website – www.northtyneside.gov.uk

For more ways of getting in touch with the council, including in person or by letter, please see opposite page.

The next issue of Widening Horizons will be published on Monday, June 18.

North Tyneside Council wants to make it easier for you to obtain the information you need. Please telephone (0191) 643 5077 if you wish to request information in a different format. If you have a query in relation to the Widening Horizons magazine, please email widening.horizons@northtyneside.gov.uk Please recycle this magazine when you have finished with it. This magazine has been distributed by Leaflet Distribution N.E. on behalf of North Tyneside Council. If you have any queries or problems regarding distribution, please contact the company on (0191) 438 5444 or email sales@leafletdistributionne.co.uk

Front cover: Student Emily Tench shops for a bargain in North Shields.To find out how you can support your town centre, see page 44.

Inside this issue

Mayor’s message

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It’s time to celebrate

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Get set for TV switchover

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Burning bright

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What’s on

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In Bloom entry form

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Area Action Plans

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Area Forums

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Election update

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Keep it Local

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Elected Mayor Linda Arkley talks about the key issues facing North Tyneside. The council is marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – find out how you can play your part. Charities and voluntary groups are helping local residents make the switch to digital TV. Find out when the Olympic Torch Relay is due to pass through the borough. Four pages of local events taking place in the next few months. Your chance to enter this year’s contest – and add a splash of colour to the borough! An eight-page special update on planning proposals for North Shields, the coast and Wallsend. Check out what’s happening in your area and the date of the next meeting. Make sure you’re able to vote in the local government election on May 3. Need a cleaner or a computer expert? You’re sure to find one in our classified section.

NTC GRAPHICS 07/11 4072JWI

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McFly and The Wanted star in Priory shows Two of the country’s biggest pop bands will headline this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival. McFly will take to the stage in the stunning setting of Tynemouth Priory and Castle on Friday, July 13, while The Wanted perform the following day.

Tickets costing £25 each, plus booking fee, are on sale at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 2335.

McFly, who have chalked up more than 15 Top 10 singles, return to the North East after their Keep Calm and Play Louder UK tour.

The Wanted – who have recently been on a promotional tour of the US – are one of Britain’s biggest bands, with four Top Five singles including two number ones.

McFly The Wanted

Both bands follow in the footsteps of previous sell-out shows at the festival, including Beverley Knight, James Morrison and Scouting for Girls.

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival is supported this year by TyneMet College and Port of Tyne.The concerts will be hosted by Metro Radio.

Andrew Moffat, the chief executive at Port of Tyne, said:“The festival has a national profile and attracts visitors from far afield, all of which supports the local economy.”

Around 90,000 people attended last year’s festival, spending – on average – around £19 per person.This means the Mouth of the Tyne is worth more than £1m to the borough’s economy.

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Mayor’s message sheltered housing unit known as Eden

Court, close to the shops on High Street

West. I recognise affordable housing is key

to regenerating our communities.

Just before the magazine went to press,

the council agreed its overall Council Plan

and budget package.This will result in a

continued freeze on Council Tax, which I

am sure will be welcomed by families in

Growing our borough and our

the current economic climate.

to everyone. As you will see elsewhere in

The majority of the Cabinet’s proposals in

Dear Resident,

communities is something that is important

Welcome to your Spring edition of

the magazine, we are seeking feedback

relation to a total budget of £170m have

from residents about how we can achieve

been approved.

to celebrate.

haven’t already shared your comments at

Alternative budget proposals were

The borough has embraced the opportunity

website there is still time to do so.

spending and £5.7m of the capital budget.

Jubilee and the journey of the Olympic

The new Tyne Tunnel is one of the

The Cabinet and myself retain responsibility

Widening Horizons. In the months ahead,

North Tyneside will certainly have much

to celebrate both the Queen’s Diamond Torch through North Tyneside.

I’m sure communities around the borough will be getting together to hold street

this through our Area Action Plans. If you one of the roadshows or through our

successful projects that has recently been

budget and will now consider the items put

has made massive improvements to the

delivery options.

the first cars drove through and I know it

journey times of local residents.

involved, I hope you find our events pages

I am confident the new tunnel will also help

useful.

us to encourage businesses to invest in the

borough and I am keen to hear what a

As a council, we are also very busy and,

difference it is making to your travelling.

delivering real results for residents.

You may notice this edition of the magazine

A £1.25m development of 12 affordable

response to feedback from residents who

by working closely with our partners, are

said that, while they valued the opportunity

landlord Isos Housing.

services, they felt it was too big.This change

Isos, supported by the council and the

Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), has developed the scheme at a former

forward by colleagues and the future

We will update you on the outcome in the

next edition of Widening Horizons.

Linda Arkley

has fewer pages than usual.This is in

homes has just been completed in

Wallsend town centre by leading social

for implementation of a Council Plan and

completed. I was delighted to be on site as

parties and join in some of the events

provided by the council. If you want to get

submitted in relation to £1.8m of revenue

to get information about the council and its has also helped us achieve savings, as the council continues to work towards

achieving its target of £47.5m of efficiencies

over four years.

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Jubilee celebrations are taking root

The council is marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a programme of special events during the coming months. The finishing touches are still being made to the programme but one of the

cornerstones is a series of intergenerational

Jubilee tea parties, involving pupils from local schools and older citizens.

Other events will include an allotment

open day in Preston Village, where you can

travel back in time to the 1950s, the burial of a time capsule at the Rising Sun

Country Park and the Big Jubilee Lunch at Wallsend Village Green.

A special festival of music and entertainment on June 4 will jointly mark the Diamond

Roman Fort – part of a group of 60 being lit across the length of Hadrian’s Wall.

To start the celebrations, 60 oak trees –

one for every year the Queen has reigned

– were planted at the Rising Sun on

February 6, the day Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952.

Elected Mayor Linda Arkley and the

Chairman of the Council, Cllr John Stirling, were joined by Mr Nigel Sherlock, the

Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, and

pupils from Battle Hill Primary School.

A special plaque was unveiled at the site,

which will be known as the Queen

Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Copse. You can keep in touch with the events

Jubilee and the completion of restoration

being planned for the borough by visiting

On the evening of the same day, a group of beacons will be lit at Segedunum

www.northtyneside.gov.uk or

work at Tynemouth Station.

the council website –

www.diamondjubileetyneandwear.com

Street parties

Residents may wish to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at the beginning of June by organising a street party. Even if you’re thinking of staging a small-scale event – involving only one or two streets – it is still crucial to start planning as early as possible.

Please contact the council’s events team on (0191) 643 7409 or events@northtyneside.gov.uk – staff will be able to assess whether or not your event requires some form of insurance policy.They will also be able to liaise with other council teams, including highways, licensing and environmental health.

You can also get more details and download a form from the council website.

Awards ceremony

Do you know someone who gives up their time to help others? If you do, the chairman of the council would like to hear from you.

This year, the Chairman’s Commendation Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, June 1 to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and National Volunteering Week.

Special Diamond Jubilee awards will be presented to volunteers who deserve special recognition.The chairman is particularly keen to encourage nominations for young volunteers.

Mighty oaks: Pupils from Battle Hill Primary School help out with the tree planting at the Rising Sun.

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Nomination forms are available on the council website (home page – click on ‘your representatives’ then ‘chairman of the council’) or from the Civic Office – (0191) 643 5347.The closing date is Friday, May 4.


Diamond Jubilee events and activities A number of special events and activities have already been planned to mark the Diamond Jubilee.These include: Allotment Open Day – Preston Village allotments Saturday, June 2 (10am to 4pm)

Come along and see how life down on the allotment was in the 1950s, including artefacts from the period such as tools, gardening books and seed catalogues; a guided tour of the site and live music from the 50s.

Storytelling and Time Capsule Celebration – Rising Sun Country Park Saturday, June 2 (noon to 3pm)

A chance to go back in time and hear some traditional stories in the Celtic Village. Activities include making your own memory stick, or handprint picture or poem, and helping to decide what goes in the time capsule. (Hourly session, £3 per child.)

The Wallsend Parks Royal Diamond Jubilee Lunch – Wallsend Village Green Sunday, June 3 (11am to 4pm)

The fourth UK annual Big Lunch will fall on the same weekend as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Join the Big Jubilee Lunch on Wallsend’s historic village green. There will be tables and chairs in

the marquee. Bring along your favourite food recipes to share with the rest of the community and enjoy family fun and games.

Special Service of Celebration – Christ Church, North Shields Sunday, June 3 (5pm)

A Civic Service to celebrate and commemorate the Queen’s 60-year reign.

Diamond Jubilee Festival/ Tynemouth Station official launch Monday, June 4 (11am to 4pm)

To mark the official launch of the newly restored site,Tynemouth Station will host a celebratory festival, including music, entertainment, stalls and activities.The day will also showcase the premiere of a new music commission, performed by the North Tyneside Concert Band.

The Lighting of the Diamond Jubilee Beacons Monday, June 4 (8pm to 10.30pm)

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacon project will see 2,012 beacons lit across the UK, including six at Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend. Sixty beacons are due to be lit across the length of Hadrian’s Wall. Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums staff will provide free museum access from 8pm followed by a firework display leading up to the lighting ceremony at 10.10pm.

Art in the Park – Springfield Park, Bowling Pavilion Tuesday, June 5 (10.30am to noon)

Bring along your royal illustration and help transform the park to celebrate the

Diamond Jubilee. Suitable for over-8s.

Library and community centre staff will be hosting or supporting a range of special

events and activities to mark the Diamond Jubilee. These will include:

Bounce & Rhyme and Toddler Tales activities Week beginning Monday, June 4

All North Tyneside libraries will join in the Jubilee celebrations with their weekly

Bounce & Rhyme and Toddler Tales sessions – themed on 1950s nursery rhymes and stories for under-5s.

Garden Party – Howdon Library Thursday, June 7

Families are invited to attend a 1950s

garden party and join in the celebrations,

including period games and refreshments.

Fabulous 50s – White Swan Centre Thursday, June 7 (7pm)

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, the

History Wardrobe Company will look at how the 1950s housewife transformed

herself into a domestic goddess. Bullet

bras and sugared petticoats are just some

of the fashion items from the decade that

reinvented dazzle. (£3.50)

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Get set for TV switchover

Charities and voluntary groups

are helping local residents make the switch to digital TV.

The operation is being led by the Voluntary Organisations Development Agency

(VODA) ahead of the Tyne and Wear switchover, which takes place in September.

Lisa Gardiner, the chief executive of VODA,

said:“Switching to digital TV will be

straightforward for many people but

others will need practical help, advice or reassurance.”

In Tyne and Wear, the two-stage switchover

starts on September 12 and will be completed on September 26.

You will need to convert your set to

digital if you are still watching analogue TV

(five channels or fewer).Virtually any

existing TV can be converted using a

Freeview box, a digital satellite service or

digital cable.

The Switchover Help Scheme provides

practical help to enable eligible older and

disabled people switch to digital TV. For more information about the

switchover, call the Digital UK advice line

VODA is mobilising local groups to hold

on 08456 50 50 50 or visit

include advice for older and disabled

the Switchover Help Scheme, call free

Switchover Help Scheme.

www.helpscheme.co.uk

events and presentations, which will

people on how to apply for the BBC-run

www.digitaluk.co.uk For details about

on 0800 40 85 900 or visit

Switched on: Pensioner Dennis Andrews is among those who have already benefited from the help scheme.

£1m boost for Whitley Bay Whitley Bay is to receive at least £1m of lottery funding to boost community development in the town.

The money, along with support from an independent charitable organisation, will enable local people to launch social regeneration projects to complement the physical regeneration being carried out by the council and its partners.

Elected Mayor Linda Arkley said: “Successful communities depend on much more than physical improvements.

“They need to have local people driving that success and tackling local issues together. I have every confidence the people of Whitley Bay will embrace this opportunity.”

The town is among 50 communities across the UK to benefit from the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Big Local’ scheme. Each community was chosen as it has been affected by issues such as unemployment and has struggled to get financial support.

The 10-year programme is designed to enable local people to develop their skills and aspirations to make their area a better place to live.

Although the seafront and the Dome are being redeveloped, part of the town remains among the most deprived areas in the country and it will be this area that will be supported by the Big Local initiative.

Residents will talk to local groups, charities, the public sector and businesses to ensure the money is used to fund sustainable and vital projects over the next decade.

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Olympic Torch lights up Year of the Games

Residents will be touched by the magic of the London 2012 Olympic Games when the Torch Relay passes through the borough on Friday, June 15.

North Tyneside.

Detailed information about the route was

The Torch Relay forms part of North

Torchbearers will carry the flame for

approximately 300 metres before

handover, which means that more than

60 people will carry the torch through

due to be released as Widening Horizons

Tyneside’s Year of the Games, which

our communities on the torch route are

sports, arts and cultural activities.

went to press, but it’s been confirmed that Whitley Bay, Cullercoats,Tynemouth, North

Shields, Howdon and Wallsend.

Olympic organisers are keen to stress that people from right across the borough are welcome to greet the torch.

Preparations are already underway to encourage schools, businesses and

communities to line the route and welcome

Help make the Games local

If you’re excited about London 2012 and want to celebrate the Games with friends, family and neighbours then you should become a Local Leader.

encourages residents to get involved in

Becoming a Local Leader is simple. Just pick an occasion and get planning.

For more information about what’s on

Whether you invite three friends or your whole community, the Olympic organisers will provide you with the tools to make your celebration one to remember.

and how to get involved in the Year of

the Games, visit

www.sportnorthtyneside.org.uk or email

yearofthegames@northtyneside.gov.uk.

You can also contact Sport North Tyneside

on (0191) 643 7447.

Check out www.london2012.com/localleaders to sign up and for more information.

the Olympic Flame to North Tyneside.

The Olympic Torch, which begins its journey in Greece, will be in the UK from Friday,

May 18, and will tour the country for 70

days before signalling the start of the London 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, July 27.

The North East leg of the relay will

see the torch pass through Alnwick,

Newcastle, Durham and Middlesbrough, from June 14-17, with evening events in

each location.

Across the country 8,000 inspirational

people will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK. Nominated

by someone they know, it will be their

moment to shine, inspiring millions of

people watching in their community, in

the UK and worldwide.

Dress rehearsal: North East athlete Jonathan Edwards holds aloft the Olympic Torch.

OlympicTorch Relay

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What’s on this Spring There are plenty of events taking place around the borough in the coming weeks to put a spring back in your step.

Whether it’s a funfair, book fair or the chance to sample some home-produced fare, there are some great opportunities to step outside your front door and see what’s going on. Spanish City Easter Funfair Thursday,April 5 to Sunday,April 15

Enjoy the annual Spanish City-themed

funfair on the Links in Whitley Bay. For more details, contact 01429 824 014.

North Tyneside 10K Road Race

Book Fair – Tynemouth Station

The race begins at The Parks Sports

Up to 50 stalls, selling a wide range of

Easter Sunday,April 8

Centre in North Shields and takes in the

Fish Quay,Tynemouth Priory and a superb stretch of coastline before finishing at St

Good Friday Procession of Witness Good Friday,April 6

Please assemble at the car park at St

Columba’s Church,Wallsend at 10.15am.

There will be a welcome, hymn and

reading before the procession moves to the bandstand at the Forum at 10.30am,

where there will be hymns and a dramatic re-enactment.The procession will then

walk to the Green, near Allen Memorial

Church, for 11.30am, where there will be a short service and songs.

For more information, email Alan Barker

at alan@trinitymethodist.co.uk

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What’s on

Mary’s Lighthouse,Whitley Bay.

More than 2,000 elite athletes, club and fun

runners will be travelling from all over the country to compete in this year’s event,

Sunday,April 22

fact and fiction to suit all tastes and all

pockets. From specialist leather-bound

volumes to paperbacks and from local

history to children’s books. 10am to 4pm,

admission free. For more information,

contact Ylana First on (0191) 257 2180.

which is organised by the council in

partnership with Start Fitness and North

Shields Polytechnic.

The event, which starts at 10am, is

sponsored by TyneMet College and Northern Pure, which provides the

drinking water available through the

race.

Tynemouth Food Festival

Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 Tantalise your taste buds at the village’s

very own food festival, which is being held at The Green.

Around 40 stalls will be featuring some of

To check the availability of the remaining

the best food and drink the region has to

(0191) 643 7409.

locally-brewed real ales.

places, contact the council’s events team on

offer – from Northumbrian cheeses to


The event is organised by the Tynemouth Business Forum and sponsored by the

North East Co-operative. Other activities will be taking place in and around the village during the weekend.

For more details, or to enquire about

booking a stall, call (0191) 257 9038, email enquiries@tynemouthfoodfestival.co.uk

or visit www.tynemouthfoodfestival.co.uk You can also follow on twitter

@tynemthfoodfest and Facebook.

Diamond Jubilee street parties

Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5 Why not celebrate the Queen’s Diamond

Jubilee by organising a street party with your neighbours?

Street parties can be an enjoyable way for neighbours to meet and strengthen

community spirit in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Advice and guidance on organising a party is available on the

council website.You can also call the

events team on (0191) 643 7409 or

email events@northtyneside.gov.uk

For details about Diamond Jubilee events

taking place in North Tyneside, see pages 6 and 7.

Armed Forces celebration event Monday, June 25

Local armed forces veterans are being

invited to a special celebration at the

council’s HQ, Quadrant, to mark Armed Forces Day.

The event will include the presentation of

lapel badges to veterans and the raising of

an Armed Forces Day flag.

Any North Tyneside resident who has

served in the armed forces, including

Book Fair – Tynemouth Station Sunday, June 10

For details, see April 22.

volunteer and regular reserves, is entitled

to apply for the badge.

Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Wednesday, July 11 to Sunday, July 15 This year’s festival will feature five days of world-class live music and special one-off performances in Tynemouth. As always, the annual event will attract thousands of visitors from across the region and beyond. See the summer edition of Widening Horizons (published June 18) for the full line-up of who’s appearing and where. You can also keep in touch by calling (0191) 643 7409, emailing events@northtyneside.gov.uk or visiting www.mouthofthetynefestival.com

To apply, call (0191) 643 7409, email

events@northtyneside.gov.uk or write to

events officer Malcolm Henderson, Events

Team, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant West, Cobalt Business Park, North

Olympic Torch Relay Friday, June 15

For details, see page 9.

Tyneside, NE270BY.

Please note:The deadline for applications is Friday, May 25.

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Rising Sun is child’s play!

The Rising Sun Country Park is the perfect setting for a children’s party or family function.

with a warden-led walk around the park. See the baby farm animals and read some farmyard tales.

If your child fancies something a bit different, there is a range of warden-led bushcraft and nature play parties, suitable for youngsters from four to14, prices from £10 per child.

Monday,April 2 to Thursday,April 5 (9.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30 to 4.30pm), £3.50

For more details, or to receive a conference pack, contact reception on (0191) 643 2241 or risingsun@northtyneside.gov.uk

Meet at the Countryside Centre. Families can learn the skills of safe, on-road cycling, half-day sessions over four days. Children must be over eight, capable of riding safely and have a roadworthy bike.To book, phone (0191) 643 6125 or email paul.adams@northtyneside.gov.uk

Rooms at the countryside centre are available all year round – with a special weekend rate of £56 (11am to 3pm). A children’s party menu is available.

Forthcoming events at the Rising Sun and Wallsend Parks include:

Cycling roadshow

Knots and crosses

Easter at the Farm funday

Saturday,April 7 (11am to 2pm). Marquee at the Richardson Dees Park play area. Free

Children will love decorating a chick’s egg for Easter and then rolling it down the hill. Put some spring in your step

Learn a variety of useful knots for the outdoors and toast a hot cross bun over an open fire.

Wednesday,April 4 (noon to 3pm). Free

Diamond Jubilee storytelling and time capsule celebration

Saturday, June 2 (noon to 3pm). Hourly sessions, £3. Celtic Village at the Rising Sun Country Park.

Enjoy some magical storytelling, then write a poem or draw a picture and help us decide what will go in our time capsule, which will be buried to commemorate the Jubilee.To book a place contact Rising Sun reception on (0191) 643 2241.

Wallsend Parks – Diamond Jubilee Lunch Sunday, June 3 (11am to 4pm). Free. Wallsend Village Green.

Celebrate the Queen’s 60-year reign by joining the Big Jubilee Lunch on Wallsend’s historic village green.There will be a marquee with tables and chairs. Bring along your favourite food to share with the rest of the community and enjoy some family fun and games, just like the old days. Please note: For all the above events, a parent must attend – one adult to three children.

For details of all parks events, pick up a leaflet from the Rising Sun, your local library or tourist information centre.

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What’s on


Library events

Tudor Fashion Show

Wallsend Library,Tuesday, March 27, 7pm (£3.50)

A fashion show by Julia Renaissance Costumes featuring models in historical costumes.The show also includes period music, a talk about the design/construction of the garments and a brief history of the historical character’s costume.

The show will last between an hour and 90 minutes, including an interval of about 15 minutes for refreshments, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.To book a place, contact (0191) 643 2075.

World Book Night – with author Cath Staincliffe

Wallsend Library, Monday,April 23, 7pm

World Book Night is designed to spread a love of reading and books and will see thousands of people gifting books within their communities. In North Tyneside, as well as holding a book give-away, we will be welcoming

crime writer Cath Staincliffe to speak about her novels, particularly her forthcoming book Split Second. Cath is the creator of ITV's hit police series, Blue Murder, which starred Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis.To book a place, contact (0191) 643 2075.

The History Wardrobe presents The Fabulous 50s White Swan Centre, Killingworth, Thursday, June7, 7pm (£3.50)

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the History Wardrobe returns with another ‘costume in context’ presentation. The reality of life for housewives in the 50s could be far from glamorous but for this superb presentation a domestic drudge is transformed into a domestic goddess!

This Cinderella transformation – inspired by Dior's New Look – is achieved with the help of bullet bras, sugared petticoats and sterling advice from the experts . . . all set in the decade that reinvented dazzle. To book a place, contact (0191) 643 2040.

Festival highlights conservation work

The Brierdene Family Festival takes place in Whitley Bay on Saturday, June 16, starting at 1pm. For the last five years, the Friends of Brierdene have organised a festival showcasing the conservation work it has carried out at the site.

This year, local pupils who have taken part in a poetry competition will receive their prizes.

There will also be a birds of prey display, dog show, morris dancing and local crafts and music.

Past skills will spotlight future potential Visitors can try their hand at a range of traditional skills, including stonemasonry and blacksmithing, at a special festival at Tynemouth Station.

The three-day heritage skills festival is being held from Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24 to celebrate the restoration work currently taking place at the historic station.

The focus on the Friday will be encouraging young people to think about learning traditional skills and the possible careers that may then be open to them.

On the Saturday and Sunday, visitors are being invited to have a go at various skills, including weaving, green woodworking, felt making and using lime mortar. Andie Harris, of the Heritage Skills Initiative, said:“Holding the festival at Tynemouth Station is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the unique craftsmanship that was used in its construction.”

The restoration project, due to be completed during the summer, will enable the Grade II* listed station to fulfil its potential as a year-round cultural venue, staging exhibitions, fairs and festivals.

The Heritage Skills Festival is open to the public and free to attend. To enquire about bringing a school group, please contact the Heritage Skills Initiative on (0191) 232 9279 or email kathryn.banfield@nect.org.uk

If you would like to help to organise the festival, the committee meets on the first Monday of the month at The Briar Dene pub. If you would like to promote a local group or small business, please contact the Friends of Brierdene website – www.friendsofbrierdene.org.uk

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For you and your family

North Tyneside Sure Start Children’s Centres aren’t just for the under-fives.They also offer support and opportunities for parents, grandparents and carers, too.

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That’s why each centre offers a unique mix of whole family and individual support, including:

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Fun activities Family and parenting support Play and childcare Healthy cookery classes Training and employment advice Baby massage Weaning advice Stop smoking sessions Keep fit Domestic abuse support Chances to volunteer and lots more!

Our centres are there to help get your young child off to a great start – and we believe that also means helping you make the most of your life!

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There are 12 Sure Start Children’s Centres across North Tyneside. Membership is completely free and entitles you to access services from any of them. And you can always be sure of a warm welcome and friendly, informal atmosphere, whichever centre you go to. For more information, or to request an application form, just pop into your nearest centre or call the North Tyneside Families Information Service on 0345 2000 108.

You’ll also get the chance to meet other parents or carers who are just like you.

North West Communities Children’s Centre

FORDLEY DUDLEY

WIDEOPEN A1

A193

A1148

EARSDON

BURRADON A189

CAMPERDOWN BACKWORTH

Killingworth Children’s Centre KILLINGWORTH

WHITLEY BAY Whitley Bay Children’s Centre

MONKSEATON

A1056

A192

A186

Shiremoor Children’s Centre

A19

A191 A193

SHIREMOOR

Cullercoats Children’s Centre CULLERCOATS

A189

WEST ALLOTMENT FOREST HALL

A191

NEW YORK

Moor Park/New York Children’s Centre A192

A19

TYNEMOUTH North Shields Children’s Centre

BILLY MILL

LONGBENTON HADRIAN

PARK Battle Hill Children’s Centre

A191

Longbenton Children’s Centre

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NORTH SHIELDS WEST CHIRTON

A1058

BATTLE HILL

A193

Riverside Children’s Centre HOWDON

Wallsend Children’s Centre

PERCY

MAIN Howdon Children’s Centre

A193

WALLSEND A187

EAST HOWDON

Tyne Tunnel

A187

ROYAL QUAYS

RIVER TYNE


Places available for the Summer of a Lifetime Year 11 students in North Tyneside are being offered the chance to sign up to a free programme of activities this summer.

The Summer of a Lifetime project gives

16 year-olds the opportunity to gain some

the Lake District, film-making workshops

and environmental challenges.

The parent of one of the students said:

“My daughter really enjoyed this project. She’s made new friends, grown in

confidence and feels more a part of the

local community through the work she

valuable life skills as well as providing a

undertook.”

The project, which is delivered by North

Barnardos and YMCA North Tyneside.

focus for their summer holidays.

Tyneside VODA, includes fun and

challenging activities and a brief spell living away from home.

It takes place for three weeks (full time)

over the summer with a further 30 hours (part-time) over another three weeks.

Partners in the project include the council,

There are 105 places available this year

and young people can register their

interest by visiting

www.vinspired.com/summerofalifetime or contacting Robin Fry at VODA on (0191) 643 2634.

Last year, 75 young people took part in the various activities, which included a stay in

Out and about: Students enjoy the wide open spaces during last year’s programme.

Affordable homes for Wallsend Twelve affordable homes have been built in Wallsend by leading social landlord Isos Housing. The £1.25m scheme, off Warwick Road in the town centre, includes six

two-bedroom bungalows for older people and six three-bedroom family homes.

North Tyneside Council provided the land and worked with Isos to ensure the properties met local housing needs. The Homes and Communities Agency awarded a grant of £80,000.

Elected Mayor Linda Arkley said improving the range of housing options in the centre of Wallsend formed an important part of the council’s regeneration plans for the town.

All the homes have now been allocated to those in housing need through the council’s choice-based lettings scheme.

It’s festival time

The acclaimed Fake Festivals Tour is coming to North Tyneside in May.

Top tribute bands such as Coldplace and the Kings of Lyon, backed by five local support acts, will be appearing at Percy Park Rugby Club on Saturday, May 5.

The Fake Festivals marquee includes a main stage with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system plus food stalls, a bucking bronco and a bouncy castle.

Adult tickets are £15 (before April 5) or £17.50 (after April 5). Family tickets are also available. For more details, or to book, contact www.fakefestivals.co.uk

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Help make a difference SB I G PRIN CLEA G to your community N Public-spirited residents, businesses and community groups are being invited to get behind this year’s Big Spring Clean.

The campaign invites people to organise

their own clean-up event which the council supports by providing high-visibility vests, gloves, litter pickers and bags.

The Big Spring Clean also includes

Operation Hotspot – a partnership

between the council,Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria

Police.

Together the organisations are tackling fly-tipping, littering, anti-social behaviour

It’s a win-win situation

Three lucky residents have shared £1,000 in shopping vouchers after winning the council’s Wash, Squash and Recycle competition.

and home fire safety in four areas where some of these problems have been identified as issues.

Council wardens will perform high-visibility patrols with police officers, issuing £50 fixed penalties notices to anyone littering or allowing their dogs to foul. Residents can help spruce up their community by joining the council’s clean-up team in a litter pick. Operation Hotspot initiatives have already been held in the Howdon Road area of North Shields and Rosehill area of Wallsend. Details of the other initiatives are:

Tuesday, May 8 to Friday, May 11 – Longbenton. Litter pick: Friday, May 9 at And the council was also a winner after more than 1,300 residents made the pledge to recycle their plastic bottles. The campaign was run by the council and funded by recycling information website recycle-more.

Residents who made a pledge to recycle their plastic bottles were then able to have a go at guessing the number of squashed bottles inside a recycling bin. Carol Corn (Wallsend), Carol Wall (Killingworth) and Karen Durkin (Cullercoats) all correctly guessed the total was 378.

Tuesday, May 22 to Friday, May 25 –

New York. Litter pick:Wednesday, May 23 at

1pm – Guisborough Drive and Brookland Terrace.

The Big Spring Clean runs until Friday,

May 25.To register a clean-up event or

to find out if one is happening in your

area, visit the Big Spring Clean section of

the council’s website, at

www.northtyneside.gov.uk. You can also email

bigspringclean@northtyneside.gov.uk

or phone 0345 2000 103.

Teamwork pays off

Volunteers joined forces with council staff to tidy up the original entrance to Killingworth Lakeside Park.

The jobs tackled during the day included clearing overgrown ivy, making bird feeders, litter picking and bulb planting.

The restoration work, supported by the library service, also uncovered the original cobblestone area next to the pedestrian entrance.

In the money: Karen Durkin (left) and Carol Wall.

The council needs to find savings of £47.5m over four years.We are introducing an annual £20 subscription for residents who opt to continue with garden waste collections from March 2013.We will provide further details in the summer.

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1pm – Kingsdale Road, Kestrel Avenue, Lutterworth Road and Chester Avenue.

If you would like to know more about the Friends of Killingworth Lake, check out www.killingworthlake.co.uk

You can also contact parks development officer Pixie Beattie on 0785 543 9773 or pixie.beattie@northtyneside.gov.uk


North Tyneside in Bloom 2012 Does your garden have what it takes to win?

To enter, complete and return this form to: Bloom 2012, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant West, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY.

Entries close Friday, June 8 Name of entrant:

Name of contact (if different): Address: Tel No:

Email:

Categories

Nursery, school or college

Please tick which category you would like to enter.You can enter more than one category.

Individual allotment For all allotment holders.

Plot no.

Allotment site

Allotment holders with plots on the same site can nominate their site as a whole.

Business premises

Any business, pub, hotel or restaurant can enter their grounds, gardens or baskets in this category

Community effort

This category is most suited to areas where more than one street is involved. It recognises community spirit where groups or residents work together to improve and make beautiful the area.

Conservation and wildlife garden

Gardens tended to with the wider environment in mind. Bird boxes, hedgehog houses, butterfly enticing plants and wildflowers might all feature in this type of garden.

Container and hanging basket display

Gardens and yards using pots and baskets for decoration rather than your traditional planted garden.

Grow your own

This category reflects the growing popularity of growing your own fruit and vegetables.

Small garden

Front, side or back gardens under 100sq metres.

Medium garden

Front, side or back gardens between 100 and 250sq metres.

Large garden

Front, side or back gardens over 250sq metres.

Postcode:

Allotment gardens, hanging baskets, wildlife gardens and any looked after area within the grounds of schools, nurseries or colleges.

Places of worship

Beautiful grounds, gardens and basket displays at places of worship.

Residential care or sheltered accommodation Grounds and gardens of residential care or sheltered accommodation that are tended to by staff or residents.

Street effort

This category aims to recognise when residents in a street come together to make the area in which they live more beautiful.This could be anything from ensuring all the gardens reach a good standard to helping a neighbour who cannot look after their own garden. Additionally, you may choose to work together to improve the communal areas in your street.

Young gardener

This category aims to highlight commitment and effort shown by young people under-18.You do not have to have your own garden; it may be that you help out with a garden that belongs to a relative, community group, or school.You can nominate yourself or someone else.

Judging

North Tyneside in Bloom judging takes place throughout July. You will be notified of your date. Two judges will judge each category and at least one will be qualified in the field of gardening or horticulture. An ecologist will judge the wildlife and conservation category. Everyone who enters this year’s contest will also receive a feedback form setting out what the judges liked about the entry and how they feel improvements could be made.

If you have any questions about North Tyneside in Bloom, please call 0345 2000 103 or email bloom@northtyneside.gov.uk

NorthTyneside in Bloom 2012

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The changing face of Tynemouth Pool Tynemouth Pool’s outdated changing facilities are currently being given a major facelift.

Since it opened in 1971, the pool, on Beach Road, North Shields, has benefited from a number of improvements, ranging from better water and air quality to a refurbished gym and health suite.

Club helps youngsters make a splash! .

However, the changing rooms haven’t moved with the times and are badly in need of an upgrade.

Now they are being transformed into a modern mixed sex changing village. A new dance studio is also being created. The work, being carried out by Kier North Tyneside, is due for completion this summer.Temporary changing facilities are being provided during the improvement scheme.

Due to their age, the changing rooms no longer meet customers’ standards or current equality and disability legislation.

Healthy4Life

Healthy4Life is a free healthy lifestyle programme to help families make positive changes to maintain a healthy weight.

Clubs run after school for 10 weeks at various locations. Children must be between the ages of 5-17 years.

The next club starts on April 26 at The Parks Sports Centre, North Shields. Children will take part in fun sports and activity sessions. Families will learn about healthy eating and how to make healthier lifestyle choices. To find out more, please contact the Children’s Health and Activity Team (CHAT) on (0191) 643 7454 or email CHAT@northtyneside.gov.uk

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The No Limits Aqua Club encourages young people, aged between eight and 16, to join in fun swimming sessions throughout the borough.

Activities include water games, diving boards, interactive pirate ships, waterwalkerz, slides and waves.

The sessions cost 50p and take place during term time at the following venues: ●

Waves (643 2600) – Mondays, 4.30 to 5.30pm.

The Lakeside Centre (643 4177) – Thursdays, 5.30 to 6.30pm.

Hadrian Leisure Centre (643 2025) – Fridays, 3.45 to 4.45pm.

Tynemouth Pool (643 2900) – Fridays, 4.30 to 5.30pm.

For more details, contact your nearest pool. (Child admission policies are in place.)

Young people aged between eight and 13 can also try out the No Limits Sports Club, which offers a mixture of sports and play activities, including extreme dodge ball, dance mats, clay modelling and climbing.

The sessions cost 25p and take place during term time at The Lakeside Centre – Mondays, 4 to 4.45pm and 4.45 to 5.30pm; The Parks Sports Centre (643 2700) – Tuesdays, 4.30 to 5.15pm and 5.15 to 6pm; Hadrian Leisure Centre – Wednesdays, 5 to 5.45pm and 5.45 to 6.30pm; Marden Bridge Sports Centre (643 2929) – Fridays, 5.30 to 6.15pm and 6.15 to 7pm.

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Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Waves in Whitley Bay is staging a series of classes to help people obtain the qualification, which is accepted by employers nationwide.

Candidates must be 16 or over at the start of the course and be able to: ● ●

Jump/dive into water

Swim 100 metres continuously on front or back Swim 50 metres in a minute or less

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Surface dive to the bottom of the pool Tread water for 30 seconds

Climb out of the water unaided (without using ladders or steps)

The classes are held on March 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and April 1, (between 7.30am and 3.30pm) and the cost is £195.

Application forms are available at Waves. You can also contact Paula Richardson on 0795 722 6441 or email paularichardson@live.co.uk

Ducklings at Waves ●

Ducklings is a water-based adult and child session, held in the teaching pool during term time. The session helps to develop babies and toddlers confidence in the water and your child can achieve five different awards, each with its own certificate and badge. Ducklings is held on:

Mondays – 2.45 to 3.15pm (Four months to two years)

Tuesdays – 12.45 to 1.15pm (30 months to four years) and 2.45 to 3.15pm (Four months to two years) Thursdays – 10.45 to 11.15am (30 months to four years) and noon to 12.30pm (30 months to four years) Fridays – 11.45 to 12.15pm (Four months to two years)

For more details, or to book, phone (0191) 643 2600 or call into reception at Waves.

Contours – we’re here to help Do you want to get fit, lose weight or just feel more confident? Then why not try Contours?

Expert staff are on hand to offer advice on the different exercise classes and programmes and make sure you’re comfortable with the gym equipment.

There are four swimming pools, five excellent gyms and more than 180 exercise classes, including yoga, pilates, aquafit, body combat and zumba, to choose from.

There are also two health suites with saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzi and relaxation beds.

Memberships start from as little as £13 for juniors, £19 for seniors and £27 for a standard membership. Corporate membership costs £24 a month and is available to many local businesses and organisations, such as Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Kier, the NHS, the police and fire service.

Contours is available at The Lakeside Centre, Killingworth;Tynemouth Pool; Waves,Whitley Bay;The Parks Sports Centre, North Shields and Hadrian Leisure Centre in Wallsend.

We also have gift vouchers for sale – you can buy a six-week (£60), three-month (£120) or one-year (£310) voucher.They make ideal presents for friends and family.

For more details, or to get a free one-day pass, contact Contours development officer Bernie Wall on (0191) 643 7458 or bernie.wall@northtyneside.gov.uk

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The arts join in the fun!

It’s the Year of the Games in North Tyneside but that doesn’t just mean sporting activities. The arts are also getting into the Olympic spirit with various activities, especially involving dance and urban arts.

Big Dance 2012 is a national event running in parallel with this year’s Olympic and

Paralympic Games and on Friday May 18 at 1pm schools across the country are being

invited to take part in a world record

attempt for the largest simultaneous dance

routine across a number of venues.

Pupils in the borough can either perform at their own school or at Norham

Community Technology College in North Shields, which will be acting as the host school for the Big Dance event.

Pupils in step with literacy

The One Big Event takes place on

Wednesday June 27 which will bring arts

and sports together – by staging arts

activities in sports venues and vice versa. So expect to see activities such as

skateboarding and a BMX stunt team at

Sixty schools from across the borough took part in this year’s North Tyneside Schools Dance Festival.

The theme for the week-long festival, held at The Parks, was literacy.

One of the organisers, dance teacher

Laura Prince, said:“The week was a

great success.Teachers and pupils had

the Playhouse,Whitley Bay and street

worked extremely hard on their

centre, North Shields.

“There were many great ideas, ranging

dance and urban arts at The Parks sports A week of dance activities between July 7

and 15 starts with a community dance

performance area at the Wallsend Festival. For more information, check out the arts

pages on the council website or contact

Kevin Wallace on (0191) 643 7451.

choreography and performances. from the shapes of letters to Olly

Murs autobiography!”

Plans are already underway for next

year’s festival although the theme has

yet to be announced.

For schools involvement in dance,

contact Laura Prince on (0191) 643 8579.

Night-time rainbow draws the crowds A stunning laser show has lit up the skies over the borough’s coastline – attracting large crowds and national media coverage.

The Global Rainbow was visible for five consecutive evenings to mark the launch of the Cultural Olympiad in the region.

Created by American artist Yvette Mattern, the projection consisted of seven parallel beams of laser light, representing the colours of the rainbow.

The Global Rainbow was visible from the headland at St Mary’s for more than five miles along the coast.

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Spectacular sight: The Global Rainbow beams its light across North Tyneside. Picture courtesy of Richard Kerr.


North Shields, the Coast Wallsend

Area Action Plans The council is committed to the long-term regeneration of North Shields, the Coast and Wallsend. Work on Area Action Plans (AAPs) for these areas will set out detailed policies, including investment priorities and new, mainly brownfield, housing sites.The AAPs form part of the development plan for North Tyneside – guiding planning decisions and future development for at least 15 years.

This consultation is your chance to help shape these plans, so please let us have your comments. What is an Area Action Plan? This document outlines suggested policies and proposals to address issues first consulted on in the Issues and Options documents for each AAP. Previous consultation has shown the desire of residents in Wallsend to see investment and work is already underway to make important changes. In North Shields, new housing on former employment sites has been supported. At the Coast important regeneration projects, such as Spanish City and Cullercoats, will continue to progress.

This consultation has been ongoing since February 13, including press coverage and drop-in sessions.This is a final opportunity to With the economic comment on the three AAPs using the form included with this consultation downturn, money is tight material. If you wish to give your but AAPs provide certainty views, please make every effort to to encourage investment submit your comments by and help secure money for March 26. projects when opportunities arise.

Future plans for North Tyneside The AAPs are part of the development plan for North Tyneside and must conform to the key development plan document, the Core Strategy. Based on evidence of need, the emerging Core Strategy:

Since publication of Issues and Options reports, work has focused on evidence to support the AAPs, including the River Tyne North Bank Study and the Retail Centres Study.

Evidence base documents can be found online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk

Most development will be led by the private sector and could take place at any time. Regeneration projects rely on public funding.

Sets the overall level of growth. Protects the existing Green Belt from development. Identifies town centres as key retail centres – protecting shopping streets and setting the town centre boundaries. Outlines the capacity for new shopping space and directs that growth to the town centres. Identifies the River Tyne North Bank for marine-based industrial regeneration. Recognises the tourist and environmental value of the Coast.

Area Action Plans

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North Shields Area Action Plan 1

Founded as a fishing port at the Fish Quay, North Shields thrived on industry and coal mining and remains a key financial, professional, religious and civic centre.

The views across the historic Fish Quay conservation area and the biodiversity value of the Banksides will be preserved and enhanced.The recently approved Fish Quay Banksides Management Plan outlines plans to achieve this over the next five years. 2

Today the town’s rich heritage can provide a springboard for regeneration.

What needs to be achieved?

• Improve the town centre as a key shopping destination, improving the Beacon Shopping Centre. • Make regeneration and conservation at the Fish Quay a priority alongside the evolving neighbourhood plan. • Promote mixed use development on old industrial land and quays and retain land for business and industrial use. • Plan for up to 500 homes primarily on brownfield land, promoting mixeduse development.This is in addition to more than 800 homes with existing planning permission at Smith’s Dock.

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The Docks

A range of business, leisure and housing will be retained at the Albert Edward Dock and Coble Dene area.The Port of Tyne, just outside the AAP boundary, is a key international gateway to North Tyneside and the region – investment and development should reflect that role.

George Street and Tanners Bank employment site

This will continue to provide a key location for small to medium businesses. Lighter industry will be encouraged close to residential areas.

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The environment and public realm of Fish Quay Banksides

The Fish Quay

The Fish Quay will be a vibrant mixed-use area with housing, employment and leisure, as set out in the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. Already a popular leisure spot, with restaurants pubs and an attractive environment, further leisure and employment development may be considered appropriate through the Neighbourhood Plan process. A number of locations are included as potential preferred housing sites.

Dock Road mixed-use site

This will be redeveloped to include new and enhanced employment provision, appropriate to residential amenity.This site is also included as preferred housing site 10.

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Area Action Plans

Local residents and businesses are currently writing a Neighbourhood Plan.The community will be able to decide where they want new homes, leisure and employment facilities and have a say in what they will look like.


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North Shields town centre

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Public realm improvements will be focused on Bedford Street, Northumberland Square and around the Metro station. Northumberland Square, one of the few remaining Georgian squares in the region, is a valuable green space. It would benefit from improvements fitting its conservation area status, supported by residential redevelopment to the north and active ground-floor usage to the west and south.

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The council will work with the owners of The Beacon Centre to support internal and external improvements to the shopping centre and revitalise the frontage on Saville Street.

The Metro station, including the bingo hall, provides a mixeduse opportunity for retail, leisure and housing to improve the gateway to the town centre.This site is also included as preferred housing site 4.

Unicorn House and Norfolk Street are underused/vacant offices and car park that provide an opportunity for a significant mixed-use scheme including new office development.This site is also included as preferred housing site 2.

The primary shopping frontage with the greatest concentration of shops will be retained at The Beacon Centre and along Bedford Street.

The secondary shopping frontage with a greater mix of cafes, estate agents and takeaways will include shopping streets surrounding The Beacon Centre and Bedford Street.

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Preferred Sites for Housing

Thirteen sites have the potential for around 430 homes with a mix of affordable and high quality housing on brownfield sites. The Smith’s Dock housing site, adjacent to the New Quay conservation area, has planning permission for at least 800 homes and will be a key driver of change for the riverside area. (Figures for housing capacity are purely indicative.)

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The town centre 1 Northumberland Square and car park off Upper Camden Street: 10 homes 2 Unicorn House and Norfolk Street car park: 43 homes 3 Albion House and other units: 35 homes 4 The Metro station: 20 homes (mixed use) Introducing new housing into the heart of the town, these mixed use schemes have the potential to improve the overall image and attractiveness of North Shields.The Beacon Centre will retain sufficient parking capacity for the town centre.

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South west of North Shields 9 Waterville Road: 15 homes 10 Dock Road: 128 homes (mixed use). The Waterville Road Metro sidings and employment land off Dock Road can help redevelop currently underused land.

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The Fish Quay and New Quay 5 Tanners Bank: 100 homes 6 Bell Street: 6 homes 7 Clive Street: 12 homes 8 Waldo Street: 6 homes Potential sites along the Fish Quay will be an important part of the heritage-led regeneration, in keeping with the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.

Albert Edward Dock 11 Land below Ballast Hill Road: 50 homes 12 & 13 Coble Dene, Royal Quays: 13 homes. Sites near Albert Edward Dock and Royal Quays can benefit from and enhance this attractive location. All maps: Ordnance Survey Licence Number 0100016801

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Coastal Area Action Plan The North Tyneside coastline is one of the most popular – and beautiful – places in the borough and the AAP will help shape its future. Some regeneration projects, such as Spanish City and Cullercoats, will be developed alongside this plan as the council is keen to see immediate improvements.

What needs to be achieved?

• Work with partners to encourage tourism and other economic developments that safeguard the natural and historic environment. • Restore Spanish City – providing facilities that everyone can enjoy. • Improve the heritage and cultural assets in line with the information and guidance of Conservation Area Character Appraisals • Provide good quality street furniture (bins and seats) and surfacing with a coordinated strategy. • Promote a vibrant Whitley Bay town centre – with an appropriate mixture of shopping and other uses to support local businesses. • Improve access for all visitors – encouraging cycling and use of public transport. • Protect and enhance biodiversity, including safeguarding wildlife links at Brierdene. • Develop plans for about 200 homes on brownfield land.

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Area Action Plans

St Mary’s

– Create accessible facilities on the headland, such as a café and visitor information centre, with better toilets. – Protect and enhance the surrounding open space for future generations. – Provide high quality seats and bins. – Secure future investment to maintain road access to the headland, which is suffering from coastal erosion.

The Links

– The overall open landscape character of the Links should be protected and enhanced with creative planting and landscaping, but remain an important area for wildlife, especially around the Brierdene. – The boatyard at the north of the Links has suffered from coastal erosion and an alternative site should be found. – It is crucial that further developments along the coast do not reduce the amount of public parking.Where possible and acceptable, the amount of public car parking should be increased.

Cullercoats

– By promoting heritage-led regeneration, supporting the Cullercoats masterplan, Cullercoats can become even more attractive for people to live and visit. – Provide new toilets and showers for beach users. – The Dove Marine Laboratory is an excellent resource and appropriate future development for marine science will be supported. – Create a new play area for toddlers and picnic area on the headland south of the bay.

Longsands

– Developing a conservation masterplan for Tynemouth Park will assist future regeneration. – Provide new toilets and showers for beach users. – Beaconsfield is a key area of open space that will be improved to support future events, such as improving drainage and power supply. – Protection and enhancement of the dunes will continue.

Tynemouth

– Improving facilities for groups doing water sports at the Haven. – Tynemouth library will be extended into the former nail salon to provide additional community services.


Whitley Bay town centre

A positive image of the town centre that is ‘family friendly’, with good quality shops and facilities, and easy access to the promenade, will be promoted.Working in partnership is vital to protect and enhance Whitley Bay’s quality and character.

The secondary shopping frontage with a greater mix of cafes, estate agents and takeaways will include Park View and Whitley Road.

– The regeneration of Spanish City is crucial to both Whitley Bay and the coastal area. A mixed-use development that has links to both the town centre and promenade is important. – Mixed-use development of the library site, once facilities 7 have relocated to the joint service centre, will support existing children’s play facilities in the park. 8 – Whitley Bay promenades will be enhanced with improved access and potential planting and play facilities at Rockcliffe promenade. 9 – Pedestrianising the town centre will assist regeneration. Traffic will be re-directed around York Road. – Improvements to the area around South Parade will create 10 a more diverse evening economy and regenerate guesthouses and B&Bs. The primary shopping frontage with the greatest concentration of shops will be retained around Park View Shopping Centre. 6

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Town centre boundary Primary shopping frontage Secondary shopping frontage

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Preferred Sites for Housing

Sites for housing have been selected on brownfield land that can add to the vitality of local centres and contribute to the borough’s targets for growth. (Figures for housing capacity are purely indicative.) St Mary’s 1 Former petrol station next to the Brierdene Pub: around 10 homes This piece of land is currently occupied but if the business was capable of relocation or redevelopment, it could be suitable for housing.

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The Links 2 Eastbourne Gardens car park: around 45 homes This site had planning permission for more than 80 apartments but has now lapsed. Regeneration would contribute to the housing need of the borough and retain public car parking spaces.

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Whitley Bay North 3 Spanish City: around 80 homes The Spanish City site is set to be a mix of different uses. Part of the site has the potential for residential development. 4 The former Marine Park School: around 94 homes The former school site had planning permission for apartments but this has now lapsed.

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Whitley Bay East 5a 35 Esplanade (Alletsa Ballroom): around 23 homes 5b Whiskey Bends: around 3 homes 6 The High Point Hotel: around 15 homes These sites have been vacant for a significant period of time. Bringing them back into use could create a more attractive impression along the seafront and improve the image of the area. All maps: Ordnance Survey Licence Number 0100016801

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Wallsend and Willington Quay Area Action Plan Wallsend and Willington Quay have a long history – from Roman origins to the industrial town built on coal mining and shipbuilding. Regeneration is a priority today with town centre investment and major opportunities for the river to bring prosperity in the low carbon and offshore economy.

What needs to be achieved?

• Support plans for redevelopment of The Forum, including a new supermarket that will be crucial to the success of the town centre. • Improve the town’s shopping and pedestrian environment. • Bring renewable, marine and offshore industries to the riverside – with training and education to link residents’ skills with newly-created jobs. • Ensure business and industry does not harm residents’ quality of life and amenities. • Develop plans for up to 500 homes, mainly on brownfield sites. • Improve the public realm and management of specific housing areas. • Extend the success of the Wallsend Parks project to make Wallsend Dene a more attractive area for recreation and wildlife.

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Safeguarding Wallsend’s heritage

The Buddle – convert the former school and arts centre for business use. The Town Hall complex – earmark the front of the complex for civic / community use and enable new uses, including housing, to the rear.

Enhance residential neighbourhoods

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Terraced streets south of High Street Vine Street, Laurel Street and Holly Avenue can provide quality affordable homes in the heart of Wallsend. Improvements would include: a) Neighbourhood management involving landlords and tenants. b) Using materials and design techniques to ‘soften’ streets, giving more space to residents and pedestrians.

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Bamburgh and Helmsley, Rosehill Area that has suffered from poor maintenance and anti-social behaviour earmarked for investment.

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Wallsend Dene

The site, which is closely linked to Richardson Dees Park, the Hall Grounds, St. Peter’s Church and Willington Gut, will be improved – benefiting wildlife and providing better recreational facilities.

Willington Gut

Public access and environmental quality at this key point on the riverside will be improved.

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River Tyne – North Bank engineering, advanced manufacturing and renewables sector

1 Swan Hunter – part of the North East Low Carbon Enterprise Zone benefits from financial incentives and relaxed planning rules to encourage investment. 2 Oceana Business Park to HadrianYard – office and manufacturing space available, with multi-purpose hard standing and deep-water berths. 3 At Willington Quay – in the long term, less intrusive uses will be introduced. 4 Cleared Saint Gobain site – earmarked for economic use, complementary to the riverside and town centre.

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Wallsend town centre

10 The Forum Shopping Centre, will be redeveloped with new retail units, enhancing The Forum and its frontage with Station Road and Elton Street.

Residents from parts of Hedley Place and York Drive will be rehoused – enabling development of a new supermarket and town centre parking. 11 Public realm improvements to the visitor and shopping environment will include: a) Managing traffic – giving priority to pedestrians and public transport. b) Recognising the High Street’s commercial and civic heritage. Promoting the street as a destination and exploring its potential as a conservation area to access regeneration funds. c) Improving pedestrian links between the town centre and riverside.

The area currently suffers from poor building maintenance and a mix of unsuitable uses. The primary shopping frontage with the greatest concentration of shops will be retained at The Forum and High Street West. The secondary shopping frontage with a greater mix of cafes, estate agents and takeaways will include shopping streets approaching The Forum. KEY

Town centre boundary Primary shopping frontage Secondary shopping frontage

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12 High Street West and Portugal Place will be earmarked for investment and redevelopment.

Preferred Sites for Housing

Thirteen sites could provide 500 homes with a mix of affordable and high quality housing to address housing need in Wallsend and Willington Quay. (Figures for housing capacity are purely indicative.)

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Willington Quay 1 Land rear of East End Park, Howdon: 200 homes 2 Former industrial land at Norman Terrace: 100 homes 3 Swales Industrial Estate: 75 homes These sites are close to the Metro line and could make a significant contribution towards local housing need. They could also provide more community facilities. High Street East 4 Cedar Grove Industrial Estate: 25 homes Relocation of existing business within Wallsend and redevelopment for housing could improve the residential environment. 5 Park Road Customer Service Centre: 3 homes 6 Former Borough Theatre and Fox Garage: 25 homes (Consider inclusion of Coronation Club) 7 High Street East, car park west: 6 homes 8 Former Wallsend police station: 8 homes 9 Alexandra Street sheltered housing: 10 homes (Consider inclusion of adjacent car park whilst retaining spaces) 10 Rear of Town Hall with Drill Hall: 12 homes (Any development would consider the Grade II listing of the Town Hall complex) This cluster of sites provides an opportunity to increase and diversify the type of housing available in the town centre and help regeneration efforts. Station Road 11 Snooker Hall: 6 homes 12 Home Group Offices: 8 homes. 13 Telephone Exchange: 10 homes. Each of these sites are occupied but there could long-term potential for a housing-led, mixed-use scheme. All maps: Ordnance Survey Licence Number 0100016801

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Have your say

Please respond online or make every effort to return this form by March 26 Online - There is more space to comment if you respond online at: http://northtyneside-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/ By post - please complete, fold and return this form using the Freepost address provided below. Please add more pages if required.

Name:

Address:

Tel:

Email:

For more information, please contact the Planning Policy Team at: Telephone: (0191) 643 2310 Email: planning.policy@northtyneside.gov.uk Post: Freepost RSAE-SHKR-JCKS, North Tyneside Council, Planning Policy, Quadrant East (1st Floor Left),The Silverlink North, North Tyneside NE27 0BY

Housing and residential mixed-use sites Site 1 Yes  No  Site 2 Yes  No  (see also 9 Unicorn House/Norfolk Street) Site 3 Yes  No  Site 4 Yes  No  (see also 8 Metro station) Site 5 Yes  No  Site 6 Yes  No  Site 7 Yes  No  Site 8 Yes  No  Site 9 Yes  No  Site 10 Yes  No  (see also 5 Dock Road) Site 11 Yes  No  Site 12 Yes  No  Site 13 Yes  No 

1 The environment and public realm of the Fish Quay Banksides: Yes  No 

2 The Docks: range of uses around Albert Edward Dock: Yes  No 

3 George Street and Tanners Bank employment site: Yes  No 

4 The Fish Quay and Neighbourhood Plan: Yes  No  5

Dock Road: See Housing Site 10 to respond

6 The Beacon Centre: Yes  No 

7 Public realm improvements: Yes  No  8

Metro Station: See Housing Mixed -Use Site 4

Unicorn House/Norfolk Street: See Housing Mixed-Use Site 2 9

10 Primary and secondary shopping frontage: Yes  No 

The Coast: Do you agree with proposals for: Housing and residential mixed-use sites Site 1 Yes  No  Site 2 Yes  No  Site 3 Yes  No  (see also 6 spanish City) Site 4 Yes  No  Site 5 a) Yes  No  Site 5 b) Yes  No  Site 6 Yes  No 

St Mary’s a) Improving facilities on the headland, including enhancing the toilet provision: Yes  No  1

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b) Protecting the open space but securing road access to the headland and island: Yes  No 

2 The Links a) Improving planting and landscaping along the Links and Brierdene: Yes  No 

b) Re-locating the boatyard: Yes  No 

c) Maintaining the amount of car parking and, where possible and acceptable, increasing the number of spaces: Yes  No  3 Cullercoats a) Supporting the Cullercoats Masterplan to deliver play facilities on the headland south of the bay, public realm improvements and improved toilet and shower facilities: Yes  No 

b) Supporting appropriate marine science development at the Dove Marine Laboratory: Yes  No 

Longsands a) Producing a conservation masterplan to regenerate Tynemouth Park: Yes  No  4

b) Protecting and enhancing the dunes but also improving toilet and shower facilities: Yes  No 

c) Improve the facilities at Beaconsfield to support future events: Yes  No 

11 Primary and secondary frontages as shown on the map in the town centre: Yes  No 

Wallsend: Do you agree with proposals for: Housing and residential mixed-use sites Site 1 Yes  No  Site 2 Yes  No  Site 3 Yes  No  Site 4 Yes  No  Site 5 Yes  No  Site 6 Yes  No  Site 7 Yes  No  Site 8 Yes  No  Site 9 Yes  No  Site 10 Yes  No  Site 11 Yes  No  Site 12 Yes  No  Site 13 Yes  No  Safeguarding Wallsend’s heritage: 1 Yes  No  2 Yes  No  Enhancing residential neighbourhoods: 3 a) Yes  No  b) Yes  No  4 Yes  No  Wallsend Dene and Willington Gut: 5 Yes  No 

5 Tynemouth a) Improving facilities for water sports at the Haven: Yes  No 

River Tyne – North Bank marine and subsea employment sector: 6 Yes  No  7 Yes  No  8 Yes  No  9 Yes  No 

Whitley Bay 6 Spanish City: see Housing Mixed-Use Site 3

The Forum Shopping Centre and Hedley Place: 10 Yes  No 

8 Enhancing the promenades: Yes  No 

Town centre public realm improvements: 11 a) Yes  No  b) Yes  No  c) Yes  No 

b) Developing improved community services for Tynemouth Library: Yes  No 

7 Mixed-use development on the library site: Yes  No 

9 Pedestrianising part of the town centre: Yes  No 

10 Improving the area around South Parade to create a more diverse evening economy: Yes  No 

High Street West and Portugal Place: 12 Yes  No  Primary and secondary shopping frontage: 13 Yes  No 



North Shields: Do you agree with proposals for:


Our carbon footprint is getting smaller CO

We’re doing our bit on North Tyneside to fight climate change. Latest Government figures show that in

this borough the fall in greenhouse gases per person is among the best in the

country.

The most recently published data, which

covers a five-year period, shows that the

average carbon footprint of each person in

the borough has fallen from 7.5 tonnes to 5.8 tonnes (see graphic below).

It’s a drop of 23 per cent, compared to a

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national drop of 15 per cent, placing the

so well? Factors include: recycling and composting rates have

risen from around four per cent nearly

the Decent Homes programme of

improving our council houses, which

has made them more energy efficient

Why is North Tyneside doing

Zone – we have the eighth highest take-up in the country

borough ninth among all unitary authorities

in the UK.

the success of North Tyneside Warm

everyone working to lessen the impact

of increasing fuel and energy costs.

For further information about local

10 years ago to almost 40 per cent

authority CO2 emissions visit the

recycle your waste

Change website at www.decc.gov.uk.

today. Please continue to reuse and

Department of Energy and Climate

Tonnes of carbon emission per person

7.5

7.2

6.9

6.6

5.8

What does a tonne look like? An adult giraffe weighs around a tonne.

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Primary Care Trusts are the local part of your there are local health services available.

Local clinics can treat minor injuries If you suffer a minor injury, you can receive treatment at one of two clinics in North Tyneside.

For more advice or information on the minor injury service, please telephone (0191) 297 9000.

Instead of going to hospital, adults and children can be seen either at Shiremoor Health Resource Centre or Battle Hill Health Centre.

Local people can also access the Battle Hill Health Centre, which is part of the Freeman Clinics – a partnership between The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and local GP practices.

The Shiremoor Centre, on Earsdon Road, is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm (not including bank holidays), and is run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The clinic treats people for cuts, sprains, minor eye infections, stings, swelling and/or bruising, minor wounds and burns. People are seen and treated without an appointment. If further treatment is required, the patient is referred onwards – to their GP, local accident and emergency unit, X-ray or more specialist services.

The health centre includes a walk-in service for minor injury and illness and a GP practice that patients can register to join.

Dr Mike Guy (pictured), medical director at NHS North of Tyne, working on behalf of North Tyneside PCT, said:“The clinics provide local people with access to modern health services in the heart of their community. “It means more people can be treated near to where they live, rather than going to hospital.They are a great asset to the community.”

Both are open from 8am to 8pm, 365 days per year.The clinic also hosts a range of services including X-ray and ultrasound.The X-ray service is available from 2pm to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 1pm to 4pm (Saturday). For further information about the services available at Battle Hill, please telephone (0191) 295 8520.

Protect your child against measles Parents are being urged to

With many children and young adults

This is particularly important given the

measles, following a national

holidays, North Tyneside PCT is

among the under-25s.

protect their children against increase in cases among

young people. 30

travelling on educational trips and family reminding parents to ensure their

children have been immunised with two doses of MMR.

national increase in cases of measles


NHS and are responsible for ensuring that

Think Pharmacy First for minor ailments People in North Tyneside are being encouraged to think pharmacy first for minor ailments.

verrucas, head lice and other common

problems.

Patients who qualify for free prescriptions,

due to low income, have the option of

The scheme reminds residents that

going straight to their pharmacist for advice

one-stop shop for minor ailments and

appointments free for people with more

their local community pharmacies are a

illnesses, including colds, sore throats,

and, if appropriate, treatment – leaving GP

If you are unsure whether you are

entitled to be treated through the

Think Pharmacy First scheme, call into your local pharmacy for a chat with

the pharmacist who will be happy to

help you.

serious health conditions.

Choose Well over the holidays

The local NHS is urging people to make sure they know where to get the right treatment over the Easter and May bank holidays. A fully-stocked medicine cabinet,

containing over-the-counter remedies, can help you care for ailments such as

coughs and colds and, as spring

people to link their symptoms with a

particular NHS service which is right for

their need.

Dr Mike Guy said:“By having a well-stocked

medicine cabinet, you’ll be able to treat

“And if you’re unsure of what you

should keep at home in your medicine

cabinet, ask your community pharmacist who will be able to advise.”

If you are really ill and think you need

common ailments such as indigestion,

medical help, contact NHS Direct

yourself.

www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk for expert advice.

headaches, hangovers and tummy upsets

on 0845 4647 or go online at

progresses, hay fever.

There are also various ways people can access the NHS and make sure

they get the right treatment – at the

right time and place that is convenient for them.

The Choose Well campaign uses a

colour-coded thermometer to help

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North Tyneside Business Forum

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New directory is the business

Why not contact the forum?

The new North Tyneside Business Directory is definitely a vital read – both for the borough’s business community and residents looking for supplies and services. The full-colour directory features the larger industries and employers that form the backbone of our economy and provide much-needed jobs and investment. But it also includes a range of small companies across all sectors that represent more than 90 per cent of the local business base. The directory, which encourages people to ‘buy local’ with an enclosed CD of business

listings, also provides useful information for companies looking to move to North Tyneside, promoting it as a good place to do business.

It also gives details about the North Tyneside Business Forum and how it is working to support and unite the borough’s business community.

The directory is now available from council offices, libraries, customer service centres and local business centres. You can also email businessforum@northtyneside.gov.uk to request a copy in the post.

Samuel brings success into focus

If you have a business based in North

Tyneside, the business forum can help you make connections through its networking events schedule.

Become a member and you’ll

automatically receive news about all

of our local business events.Why not

sign up today?

To contact the business forum, phone

(0191) 643 6000 or visit the website –

www.northtynesidebusinessforum.co.uk

At 14, keen photographer Samuel Hood is the youngest member of the North Tyneside Business Forum. He became interested in photography several years ago when juvenile arthritis prevented him playing sport. His granddad loaned him a camera and he became hooked on capturing images of wildlife, family events and local landscapes.

Boosted by success in various photographic competitions, he invested in a better camera. ‘Under the Hood’ was launched and his imaginative style has since brought him wide recognition in the local media.

Samuel is one of the borough’s young entrepreneurs who are inspiring others to follow their dream and will be involved in plans to create a ‘Young Business Forum’.

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You’re hired!

Kier North Tyneside is helping to reduce unemployment by providing high-quality training opportunities for young people.

The company has recently recruited four apprentices to work alongside repairs and maintenance staff where they will develop a range of skills, including plumbing and plastering. It follows the recruitment of six administrative apprentices and is helping Kier to fulfil its commitment to provide valuable on-thejob experience for local youngsters. The new starters, who are aged either 16 or 17, will work alongside mentors while studying for NVQs with leading training provider JTL and Newcastle College. Mike Furze, regional director with Kier, said: “It is vital for companies to invest in the future generation if we want to break the

cycle of unemployment, caused by increased competition for jobs and fewer training positions.

“At Kier, we strive to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we work and are always proud to be able to offer placement opportunities, such as these, to local young people.” The apprentices will carry out a comprehensive induction programme, covering subjects such as customer care and health and safety, before starting their full-time roles. Elected Mayor Linda Arkley said: “Apprenticeships play a vital role in helping our young people to succeed in the workplace. “It is excellent news that Kier has taken this step and hopefully other firms will follow their example.”

For more information about training

opportunities with Kier North Tyneside, visit www.kier.co.uk/maintenance

Joint effort

Kier North Tyneside is a partnership between the council and Kier Building Maintenance. It is responsible for carrying out repairs and maintenance to the authority’s

housing stock of more than 15,000 properties and other council-owned buildings.

It employs more than 450 staff – with around two thirds living locally. To contact the customer services team at Kier North Tyneside, phone 0345 2000 102.

Bright future: Elected Mayor Linda Arkley and Mike Furze with Kier staff and some of the new apprentices.

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Take up free offer and save money For a limited period, residents can get free cavity wall insulation – saving, on average, around £160 a year. The offer is through North Tyneside Warm

Zone, a not-for-profit partnership that has

been working with the council since 2008. Since the start of the project, more than 50,000 homes have been assessed and

around 18,000 insulation measures installed.

Using Warm Zone’s approved installers can

save you money and you may also qualify

for free loft insulation, subject to eligibility – ring (0191) 223 4199 to arrange a free,

no-obligation survey.

Warm Zone also offers free benefits

entitlement advice to local residents, to

help you make the most of your income. In the money: Elsie Newman.

Last summer, Widening Horizons featured

Killingworth resident Elsie Newman who

had benefited from both the free insulation

work and the confidential benefits advice

service.

“I can already see the difference in my

purse and feel the benefit in my home,” said a delighted Elsie.

Have your say – online Residents can have their say on issues such as anti-social behaviour and nuisance neighbours without leaving their armchair.

The council’s Safer Estates Team is hosting an online meeting on Wednesday, March 28, between 6pm and 8pm.

And to take part, all you have to do is to click on a link on the front page of the council website – www.northtyneside.gov.uk The online meeting follows a similar forum in November when the team received 60 questions and requests for information, ranging from the council’s stance on anti-social behaviour to possible enforcement action. The identity of those asking questions was kept confidential but everyone taking part could see what questions were being asked and the answers. Safer estates manager Colin Boxshall said:“Residents were able to receive an immediate online response – just as if they were attending a public meeting. “It’s another way of communicating with residents, especially those who may not find it easy to get along to council events and other meetings.”

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twitter.com/ NTCouncilTeam

For latest events, news and information

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North West Area Forum

North Shields Area Forum

Alan Carr unveils pit disaster memorial

Criminals targeted

Comedian Alan Carr dispensed with his usual gags to unveil a memorial to a pit disaster which killed a number of his ancestors.

Police are targeting criminals who use public transport to come into the borough and commit offences.

Alan opened a display of artwork in Burradon, in memory of the 76 men and boys who died at the village’s colliery in 1860. The project was funded by the forum’s environmental budget.

The comedian researched his family history for the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? show. During the making of the programme, he was moved to discover 11 family members were killed in the disaster and agreed to unveil the montage when he returned to the region.

Officers are carrying out extra patrols on the Metro system and at bus stations in a bid to stop known offenders in their tracks.

Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross said: "We're also patrolling areas which have experienced burglaries and targeting shoplifters and purse thieves in the main shopping streets.”

Cash for Watch House repairs The Watch House – the historic listed building in Victoria Crescent, Cullercoats – is set to benefit from the forum’s environmental budget.

Memorial unveiled: Alan Carr with Elected Mayor Linda Arkley.

Signs show the way to cut burglaries Street signs in the North West are highlighting a crime prevention initiative. The signs indicate streets where homes have been issued with free SmartWater kits for householders to security mark their valuables.

Police check all suspected stolen property to see if it has been marked with Smartwater, which is invisible to the naked eye.They can then return items to the rightful owners.

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Area Forums

Northumbria Police has been working with Safer North Tyneside, which

provided the kits to Neighbourhood

Watch members and older residents through the charity Age UK.

Future meetings of the area forum

are on Tuesday, March 20 at the White

Swan Centre, Killingworth and Tuesday, June 26 (venue to be confirmed).

Refreshments available from 5.30pm,

meetings run from 6 to 8pm.

The Watch House Club Committee has received £2,000 to repair the blue wooden seating which runs around the outside of the building and a further £3,000 towards the costs of repairs to the stonework surrounding the seats.

The work will start in the spring and the club hopes to showcase the repair work at the June meeting of the forum. Future meetings of the area forum are on Thursday, March 22 and Tuesday, June 12 (venues to be confirmed). Refreshments available from 5.30pm, meetings run from 6 to 8pm.


Whitley Bay Area Forum

Wallsend Area Forum

Pastors take to the streets

Residents get advice – online

Street pastors are offering a helping hand to revellers in Whitley Bay on Saturday nights.

The scheme involves volunteers from the Whitley Bay and District Churches Together initiative while the North Tyneside Strategic Partnership has provided funding.

The street pastors liaise with the police and carry a first aid kit and a radio.

Their role is to provide care or help if it’s needed – freeing up the police to deal with crime and disorder issues.

Rev Alan Dickinson, the chair of Whitley Bay Street Pastors, said:“These projects have been well received across the country and are having a positive impact on local communities.”

Helping hand: Street pastors Alan Dickinson and Colleen Brown with Insp Jim Gray.

Residents on two new housing estates in Willington Quay can now get online crime prevention advice.

The virtual neighbourhood watch scheme, called Quay Watch, provides advice for 400 residents in Hadrian Village and Rosehill. Insp Phil McConville said:“These online schemes help to prevent crime and promote the best aspects of being a good neighbour.”

You can join the scheme by emailing – virtualquaywatch@northumbria.pnn .police.uk

Group adds some local colour A group of artistic young people have brightened up their community – thanks to the area forum.

The group from Willington Quay and Howdon Boys Club received £1,500 to help them tidy up the outside of the building and create a vibrant mural.

Pit disaster remembered The 150th anniversary of the Hartley Pit Disaster, in which more than 200 men and boys died, has been marked by a series of events. The Bishop of Newcastle led a service of remembrance at St Alban’s Church in Earsdon while a performance by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the Playhouse included the premiere of a specially-commissioned piece of music. A book about the disaster – the first large-scale mining disaster of Victorian times – has also been produced.

Still The Sea Rolls On can be obtained, price £7.99, from local libraries, shops, tourist information centres and St Mary’s Lighthouse.

Future meetings of the area forum are on Wednesday, June 20 and Wednesday, September 12 (venues to be confirmed). Refreshments available from 5.30pm, meetings from 6 to 8pm.

To find out more about any of the area forums, contact the Engagement Team on (0191) 643 2828 or email areaforums@northtyneside.gov.uk

The young people, aged between eight and 16, recruited a local company, Creative Ginger, to help them create the mural – which reflects cultural and historical aspects of the area, including the River Tyne, a Roman soldier and the shipyards.

Future meetings of the area forum are on Wednesday, June 27 and Wednesday, September 26 (venues to be confirmed). Refreshments available from 5.30pm, meetings run from 6 to 8pm.

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At your service

NorthTyneside is committed to putting customers first That means not only making it physically easier to access council services – by phone, face-to-face with council staff, through the website or via e-mail – but also helping customers to understand the standard of service they can expect from North Tyneside Council.

Residents who wish to speak to someone in relation to a range of council services, as well as housing and benefit queries, can go to any of the four customer service centres in the White Swan Centre, Killingworth; North Shields,Wallsend and Whitley Bay.

This is because the local authority’s lease

on the current premises at Unicorn House, Suez Street, is due to expire and moving

represents better value for money.

From Monday,April 2, Wallsend customer

service centre will be based in The Forum

Shopping Centre, where it will offer advice and information on a range of council

services; payment facilities; self-serve

terminals to access information and apply for services online; customer service

booths and private interview rooms; a

Our pledge is that we will speak to you within 10 minutes.

When it opens in Spring 2013, it will bring

children’s play area; improved access for

the council, North of Tyne Primary Care

We are currently making major changes to our customer service centres.

The council remains committed to creating

comfortable waiting area, including a small

people with disabilities.

From Monday, March 26, North Shields customer service centre will be temporarily based at the former Working Links building in Howard Street.

a new Customer First Centre for Wallsend,

which will include a range of services under

one roof, including customer services, a

library and community space.

The local authority is working with

together a range of services delivered by

Trust, and Northumbria Police under one roof.

In the meantime, services will continue to be provided at Victoria Terrace. You can also contact us:

NewRiver,The Forum’s owners, to explore incorporating the facility within their redevelopment plans.

The council is also working through the

Newcastle and North Tyneside Lift

Company – a partnership between the

council, the primary care trust, private sector partners Robertson and

Community Health Partnership – to

deliver a new flagship customer first centre

on York Road,Whitley Bay, in the retail heart of the town centre.

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By email on contact.us@northtyneside.gov.uk or through our website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk. We will reply within one working day. By telephone, on 0345 2000 101 (Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 8pm). We will answer your call within 20 seconds. In writing to: Quadrant,The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY. We will reply within 10 working days.


We will give you clear and accurate information by:

Using clear language in all our

communications.

Making sure what we tell you is

up-to-date and complete.

Making sure our web pages can be

translated into your language and can be speech enabled.

Arranging to provide information in your language.

Setting standards

Following consultation with the public, the

Dealing quickly with requests for

standards based on what people said was important to them.These are: services by:

Being honest and open about decisions.

answer.

Listening to you and using your

We will be polite, helpful and treat you

Tell you when we will call you, if we

time to explain your needs.

go wrong. If you are unhappy with the

service manager who will try to resolve

the matter. If you are still unhappy, you can

make a corporate complaint to our

customer and member liaison office – (0191) 643 2280.

They will arrange for your complaint to be

investigated and responded to in writing

within 10 working days.

need to ring you back.

Treating you fairly and with respect. confidential.

Tell you who you are speaking to.

to when we need to transfer your call.

Listening to you and giving you enough Making sure your information remains

When you telephone, we will:

Tell you who we are transferring you

with respect by:

service.

service provided, please contact the

when your enquiry takes time to

and changes.

as your feedback helps us to improve our

If we can’t, we will tell you how long

Keeping you up-to-date on progress,

includes contact details, opening times

below our standards, please let us know

We know that on occasions things can

it will take to reply.

Making sure service information

If you feel we have exceeded or fallen

information and services.

Answering your enquiry first time.

We will provide excellent easy-to-use

feedback to improve services.

know who is dealing with your

enquiry, however you contact us by:

council has produced customer service

We will act promptly, and let you

When you visit, we will:

Wear name badges.

Make sure our buildings are clean, tidy and safe.

Let you know if there is a queue and how long you are likely to wait.

When we visit, we will:

Usually arrange this with you beforehand.

Arrive on time or let you know if we are delayed.

Show you identification with our name and photo on.

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Local government election Thursday, May 3, 2012

Important dates

● Wednesday, April 18 – last day to submit a registration application form to be included on the Register of Electors (in order to be able to vote in the May election). ● Wednesday, April 18 (5pm) – deadline to submit a new application for a postal vote.

● Wednesday, April 18 (5pm) – deadline to submit any changes or cancel existing postal or proxy votes.

● Wednesday, April 25 (5pm) – deadline to submit a new application for a proxy vote.

● 5pm on election day – deadline to apply for a proxy vote on grounds of a medical emergency.

Poll cards for Electors voting in person

We will send a poll card/notice to all voters who are voting in person.These will be delivered during the last week of March. Your poll card/notice will tell you where your polling station is.You do not need your poll card/notice in order to vote but it is helpful to take it along.

Voting in person

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday, May 3. Staff inside the polling station will ask for your name and address and check you are on the electoral register.You can show them your poll card/notice if you have taken it but you don’t need it to vote. All polling stations should have disabled access. If you need assistance with access, help filling in your ballot paper, or are unsure what to do, the polling station staff will be able to assist you.

Voting by post

Postal voter poll cards will be delivered during the last week of March.This is to remind you that you have applied for a postal vote. Applications to vote by post will be accepted up until 5pm on Wednesday,April 18. Anyone aged 18 or over can apply for a postal vote.You do not need a reason to vote by post. A postal vote can be sent to your home address or any other address that you give. Postal votes can be sent overseas but you need to consider whether there will be enough time to receive and return your ballot papers by election day. If you no longer wish to vote by post, you can cancel your postal vote by writing to the electoral registration officer by 5pm on Wednesday,April 18.

When will you get your postal voting papers?

Postal votes will be sent out from Monday,April 23. Please remember to send back your postal vote as early as possible. If you haven’t received your postal vote by April 27, contact us – we can check you are registered to receive a postal vote and issue a replacement, if necessary, up until 5pm on election day.

I’ve spoilt/lost my ballot papers/postal voting statement.What do I do?

You can get a replacement from Friday,April 27 up until 5pm on election day.You must collect it in person. If you have spoilt your ballot paper, you need to return the whole pack that was sent to you. A form of identification is required before a replacement ballot pack can be issued. Remember, if you have applied to vote by post, you cannot vote in person at the polling station.

Voting by proxy

Applications to vote by proxy will be accepted up until 5pm on Wednesday,April 25. If you become incapacitated after April 25, applications for an emergency proxy vote will be accepted up until 5pm on election day – subject to support by a prescribed relevant person. Contact us for further information.

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Election update


Make sure nothing stops you from voting register now You should contact us if you have recently moved, changed your name, or your circumstances have changed in another way that may affect how you vote.

CONTACT US

Helpline: (0191) 643 2270 Fax: (0191) 643 2430

Email: elections@northtyneside.gov.uk

Web: www.northtyneside.gov.uk Write or visit: Electoral Services NorthTyneside Council Quadrant The Silverlink North Cobalt Business Park NorthTyneside NE27 0BY

Changes to polling stations

Following a Polling District and Polling Place review, changes have been made to some polling stations. The list shows the stations that have changed. Battle Hill ward – (previously) Battle Hill Primary School, Berwick Drive; (new) Battle Hill Library, Coastway Shopping Forum.

Benton ward – (previously) Balliol Avenue Recreation Room; (new) nursery at Forest Hall Primary, Delaval Road.

Camperdown ward – (previously) Moor Edge Primary, Grasmere Court; (new) Bailey Green Primary,West Bailey.

Camperdown ward – (previously) Wright Drive Recreation Room; (new) Fordley Primary, Dudley Drive.

Chirton ward – (previously) The Meadows,Waterville Road; (new) Cedarwood Trust, 43 Avon Avenue.

Howdon ward – (previously) Holy Cross RC Primary, Coniston Road: (new) Langdale Centre, Langdale Gardens.

Howdon ward – (previously) Kelso Gardens Recreation Room; (new) Langdale Centre, Langdale Gardens.

Longbenton ward – (previously) Balliol Youth and Community Centre, Chesters Avenue; (new) The Oxford Centre,West Farm Avenue.

Longbenton ward – (previously) St Mary’s Church Hall,West Farm Avenue; (new) The Oxford Centre,West Farm Avenue.

Monkseaton North ward – (previously) St John’s Church Hall, Ilfracombe/Balmoral Gardens; (new) St Mary’s Church Hall, Claremont Gardens. Northumberland ward – (previously) High View North Recreation Room, High View North; (new) Wallsend Jubilee Primary, Mullen Road.

Preston ward – (previously) Christ Church C of E Primary, Kielder Terrace; (new) St Cuthbert’s RC Church, Albion Road West.

Riverside ward – (previously) temporary polling station, Addison Street; (new) Age UK Bradbury Centre, Saville Street.

Riverside ward – (previously) temporary polling station, Sibthorpe Street; (new) Age UK Bradbury Centre, Saville Street.

Valley ward – (previously) Shiremoor Credit Union, 60 Park Lane; (new) Shiremoor Primary, Stanton Road.

Wallsend ward – (previously) Richardson Dees Primary, High Street East; (new) Civic Hall,The Green.

Wallsend ward – (previously) temporary polling station, Kings Road South; (new) Civic Hall,The Green.

Weetslade ward – (previously) Lockey Park, Great North Road; (new) St Columba’s Church,West View.

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Community 1st – bringing services to you The council, Age UK North Tyneside and VODA have joined forces to take services out into the community.

Supported by volunteers, the main aim is

to improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents – particularly those in later life – by making the best use of low-cost preventative activities and community services.

The partnership will enhance and extend existing services, with an emphasis on

outreach, and provide new access points

for people who either may not know about or use these services.

Community 1st will build on the council’s current Mobile Library Service and

establish a revised schedule of locations across the borough.

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The new mobile service will also offer a

range of supportive services, including: ●

Internet access and IT support

Employment advice and support

Welfare and benefits advice

These days, using new technology is

Community 1st will also be backing the

drive to bring more tourists into North Tyneside.

Volunteers will be located at key tourist information points, such as St Mary’s

Lighthouse and the International Ferry Terminal in North Shields, to provide

paramount to being able to live life to

information and directions to visitors.

Paying bills, buying goods and keeping in

the new mobile service to change your

the full.

And, of course, you’ll still be able to use

touch with family and friends can all be

books and check out the other facilities

Understanding the benefits of the Internet

Community 1st is due to start in April.

done through the worldwide web.

provided by the library service!

– and how to use it more safely and

For more information on the new

The mobile service will therefore offer

Council on (0191) 643 5285.

effectively – can bring more independence. access and guidance on using the Internet

through community volunteers called ‘my guides’.

service, please call North Tyneside


New tunnel provides a route to success

The opening of the new Tyne Tunnel is proving to be a big hit – not only with motorists but also local businesses.

Elected Mayor Linda Arkley was on hand

to greet motorists on November 21 – the first day the two tunnels were operating

at the same time.

As the notorious traffic bottlenecks have

She has pledged to continue her campaign

is opening up for firms in the borough.

to enable the full potential of the new Tyne

disappeared, a wealth of new opportunities

Trevor Jackson, managing director of TT2, said:“The public response has been

incredible with one phrase cropping up more than any other – life changing.”

for improvements to the Silverlink Junction

crossing to be achieved.

Mrs Arkley is keen to hear how the

opening of the new tunnel is making a

difference. You can either email

linda.arkley@northtyneside.gov.uk or

Mr Jackson said the owner of one business

write to Mrs Arkley at North Tyneside

his turnover would double in the next six

Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside,

in North Shields had told him he estimated months.

Council, Quadrant,The Silverlink North,

NE27 0BY.

“We’ve been contacted by businesses

across Tyne and Wear with similar stories,”

he said.“This is good news for business,

Are you looking for space for your business? If you are looking for new business premises – small or large – the council may be able to help.

The authority currently has an extensive portfolio of commercial properties, including retail, office and industrial accommodation, which are available to let on flexible terms.

Retail premises are located across the borough – in local shopping areas and neighbourhood centres.

Office accommodation can range from a single desk within a managed workspace to larger premises capable of holding national or even international companies.

The council’s Strategic Property division also manages several large industrial estates, with units ranging from 258 sq ft to 33,100 sq ft.

Staff are happy to discuss accommodation requirements with any new or existing businesses, including incentives available to new tenants, such as rent-free periods.

consumers and for the region’s growth.”

The team can also provide professional property advice regarding a number of local initiatives, including the former Swan Hunter site and the Spanish City redevelopment. Strategic Property is also seeking partners to occupy space within various council buildings, such as Quadrant, in order to reduce costs and generate income.

Historic occasion: Mrs Arkley hands a gift to one of the first motorists to use the new tunnel on November 21.

For more details, please contact Strategic Property on (0191) 643 2142, email team.valuation@northtyneside.gov.uk or visit the team’s pages on the council website.

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Shop Smart Shop Local North Shields Wallsend Whitley Bay

Support your town centre

There’s never been a better time to rediscover what the borough's town centres have to offer, and support your local businesses, by shopping locally. Your town centres of North Shields,

Wallsend and Whitley Bay are packed with

individual shops, cafes and restaurants that

you just wouldn’t find in the identikit city

Why not wander along this weekend and

centres or out-of-town shopping parks.

see what you can discover?

From pet boutiques to paint your own

Your town centres are served by

different businesses to uncover. And what’s

also take advantage of free all-day parking

have a real passion for putting their

car parks.

pottery, there’s a huge range of really

more, they are run by local people who

customers first – and it shows.

excellent public transport links. You can

at the weekend at any of the council-run

North Shields

Wallsend

Whitley Bay

Offering a great mix of high street names alongside a wealth of small and specialist shops and businesses – like Mother Nature, run by Michelle Hay.

From great value groceries to home improvement stores,Wallsend is a historic and lively town with plenty going on – including fine parks and a new leisure centre – all complementing the excellent shopping experience.

This popular seaside town is bursting with specialist shops, from designer boutiques to bespoke jewellers, and everything in between – plus coffee shops, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes.

Michelle says: “Being a town centre business allows us to spend quality time with our customers, offering specialist and detailed advice on all of our products.There are so many other great businesses in the town too.”

Town centre events

Wallsend is home to Crafty Little Devils, a pottery studio run by Rob Thompson. He says: “I think people will be surprised to find this kind of thing in Wallsend but it really works. Bringing families together and putting smiles on people’s faces makes my day . . . I can’t put it any simpler than that.”

Bill Tolson runs Shutterspeed in Whitley Bay. He says: “For more than 20 years, people have put their trust in us to process their photographic memories – and we’ll never take that for granted.We’ll continue to use our town centre location to offer the best possible personal service.”

From April, the council will be hosting monthly special events in the three town centres.To find out what’s going on, follow us on Twitter@NTCouncilTeam or email events@northtyneside.gov.uk to receive regular email updates.

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Keep it local North Tyneside Council is committed to helping small businesses.

If your company is based in the borough, you can advertise in this section free of charge. So far, more than 300 local businesses have included their details in Widening Horizons, which is distributed to more than 90,000 homes across North Tyneside.

Just send us the following details and we’ll put your entry in the next available issue:

Happy Pets

Dog walking and pet sitting service. For the feeling of safety and security, knowing your pet is loved and looked after while you’re at work or on holiday.Tel: 07811 682 474 (Ailsa Hunter)

Email: happy-pets-4@dogwalkingnow.co.uk

North Tyneside Badminton Academy Coaching for juniors (8 to 16) at John Spence High – every Sunday, 10am to noon (excluding school holidays). Meet new friends and improve your badminton. First session free.

Tel: 07765 371 683 (Club secretary Pamela)

Able Windows

Upvc double-glazed windows, doors and conservatories. Established for more than 20 years. Fensa registered.

Tel: (0191) 262 8630. Email: ablewindows@hotmail.co.uk

Zerodrytime

Dry carpet and upholstery cleaners. Oxygen-powered products dry clean and sanitise your carpets. Deep cleans and lifts pile – removing spills and spots. Tel: (0191) 259 2658

Email: matthew.macloughlin@zerodrytime.com

Zeus Landscapes

Services include patios, decking, fencing, turfing, gravel work, tidy-ups and much more. Free estimates.Tel: (0191) 280 1167 or 07843 995 593

Email: zeuslandscapes@virginmedia.com

• Name of company or shop • Brief (20 words maximum) description of your business • Phone, email or web address Please note: Space is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Adverts not used in one edition will receive priority for the next. The next issue of Widening Horizons will be published on June 18. The deadline for adverts is May 1. Send your details to: widening.horizons@northtyneside.gov.uk

Home Services (N.E.) Ltd

High quality home help, established for 20 years. All domestic work, meal preparations, shopping or any task you need doing (within health and safety guidelines) Tel: (0191) 296 6838 or 0789 069 0202 (Janet Lee)

www.homeservices.org.uk

Tutor Bureau

Specialists in private tuition. Qualified, experienced CRB-checked tutors for all subjects, ages and levels. Also, help with homework, entrance exams and SATS preparations.Tel: (0191) 252 6271

Email: enquiries@tutorbureau.co.uk www.tutorbureau.co.uk

Jigsaw – North Shields

For all your baby’s needs.We are a preloved baby and toddler equipment shop.We sell cots, travel systems, strollers, bedding, clothes and nursery toys.

Tel: 0754 272 7756

www.jigsaw-north-shields.com

The Flower Store

Quality flowers arranged and designed for you.Wedding, funeral and gift bouquets. Free wedding consultations. Plants and gifts also available. Most debit and credit cards accepted. Tel: (0191) 234 2259 or 0755 743 4157 www.theflowerstallwallsend.co.uk

Dancetastic Tots

A fun dance class for children who can walk with support up to preschool.Wednesday mornings at St Alban’s Church Hall, Earsdon. £3.50 per class, £1.50 for siblings.

Tel: 0795 155 8938 (Laura) or 0778 757 4878 (Charlene) www.dancetastictots.com

North Tyneside Council does not accept any responsibility for the businesses listed above.

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Keep it local PlesseyHouse Lifestyle Services Based in Whitley Bay, we offer a wide range of handyman services and domestic cleaning services.

Tel: (0191) 290 2472 or 0780 552 2710

Time 2 Clean

We clean carpets, and suites, including leather, and our staff are fully trained and insured. Available seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. Very competitive prices.Tel: (0191) 263 6001. Email: time2clean@hotmail.co.uk

www.time2clean.webs.com

Cambridge Weight Plan

Worried about your weight?The Cambridge Weight Plan could be the answer. Contact Ally, your local independent Cambridge consultant. Based at the coast.

Tel: 0798 338 6985 Email: ally.diets@hotmail.co.uk

Grosvenor Draughting and Design

Home extension design and planning. Architectural drawings; structural calculations and specifications produced. Planning and Building Regulations applications submitted.

Tel: (0191) 280 1306 www.grosvenordd.com

Fluffy Godmother – pet services

If you’re on holiday or just busy, the Fluffy Godmother can be trusted to take care of your pet sitting and dog walking needs.Tel: 0779 569 4006

Email: fluffygodmother@hotmail.co.uk www.fluffygodmother.co.uk

Redesdale Out-of-School Club

Breakfast care, wrap-around care, play group sessions and after-school care for children – from 18 months to 12 years.We can escort children to and from school within Wallsend.Tel: (0191) 295 0286, 0773 266 0636 or 0752 567 0382 (Denise) Email: redesdaleoutofschoolclub@hotmail.co.uk

Moto Glaze

Automotive glazing specialist – any glass, any vehicle, anywhere. Mobile service, covering all areas.Tel: (0191) 256 6991 or 0773 434 6197 Email: motoglaze@hotmail.co.uk

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www.motoglaze-northeast.co.uk

BW Architecture

Your local architect for planning and building regulation submissions. House extensions, loft conversions and new builds. Quick, friendly service.Tel: (0191) 289 4312 or 0794 4573 433

Email: info@bwarchitecture.co.uk

Messy Monkeys

Messy play for pre-school children.Your child splashes, squelches and splodges and we’ll do the tidying up! A different theme to explore each week. Email: info@messy-monkeys.com

www.messy-monkeys.com

Jaygee Photography

Wedding photography, family and children’s portraits. £720 for full wedding package, including photo album, all images on CD, DVD slideshow and photo storybook. Covering Tyne & Wear.

Tel: 0795 424 3644

www.jaygeephotography.co.uk

Karl Jeffery – The Puppet Man

Whether you want entertainment specifically for children, or a family show that will absorb adults and children alike, we can entertain them all.

Tel: (0191) 266 8928 www.animupps.co.uk

ATV Aerial and Satellite Co Ltd

Fast, friendly, efficient family business. Free quotations and advice.We do all aerial, Sky and foreign satellite work, including high, awkward access. Insurance work,TVs wall mounted.

Tel: (0191) 252 4308

Email: atvaerialco@gmail.com

Computer Clinic

PC servicing and health checks, wireless network set-up, new system set-up and installation.Virus and Spyware removal, data recovery. Help, advice and guidance. Basic, personalised tuition.Tel: 07702 705 222 Email: doug@mycomputerclinic.co.uk www.mycomputerclinic.co.uk

Dean Short (Plastering and Tiling)

First class reliable service. All building work undertaken, full kitchen and bathroom installations and extensions. Free quotations. No job too small

Tel: 0775 486 8624

Email: deanshort@live.co.uk


Keep it local Wallsend Chiropody/Podiatry Clinic A comprehensive, professional footcare service, provided in modern clinical surroundings. Home visits also available. 58, Station Road – opposite Wallsend bus and Metro stations.

Tel: (0191) 236 9933

Professional Gardener

Fully qualified and experienced. Available for all garden maintenance and seasonal work.

Tel: (0191) 258 7455 (Graham)

Professional home services, including plumbing, domestic electrical, guttering and fascias, Upvc window repairs, door lock repair and renewal. No job too small.Tel: (0191) 258 4625 or 0752 336 0800

www.robsonservices.webs.com

C-Beads

A wide selection of my handcrafted necklaces and earrings to view in your home (glass, wood, gemstone and ceramic).Typical price – £8 per set. Contact Chris.

Tel: (0191) 268 8894

Email: cmharris234@yahoo.co.uk

WebMasterDave

A professional, custom-made website, without costing the earth. 100 per cent green energy hosting. Modern design adapts automatically for mobile viewing. From your friendly designer Dave!

Tel: 07949 552 077

www.webmasterdave.net

The Tile House

Making your dream home a real home. More than 12 years experience in providing advice on tiling, laminate flooring etc. Free fitting arrangement service available.

Tel: (0191) 296 2666

www.the-tile-house.co.uk

Zerodrytime

Your carpets and upholstery drycleaned, ready for immediate use. Removes spills, spots and smells. Sanitises, deep cleans and lifts carpet pile. Tel: (0191) 266 6318 or 07787 153 601

Email: phil.gibson@zerodrytime.com

Cityscape and landscape photography. Online shop for contemporary prints of Tyneside, the North East and beyond.Tel: (0191) 659 7907 Email: smayes@stevemayesphotography.co.uk

www.stevemayesshop.co.uk

Neil Aitchison (Painter and Decorator)

Private and commercial decorating service, based in North Tyneside. From one room to a full house. On time, every time – prompt and professional.

Tel: 07532 225 790 Email: aitchison32@hotmail.com

Robson Services Email: al.robson1@yahoo.co.uk

Steve Mayes Photography

Whitley Bay Tae Kwon Do

Immaculate Heart of Mary church hall,West Monkseaton (Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm to 7pm).

Tel: 07703 548 145

www.whitleybaytkd.co.uk

Sun Power Yoga

Beginners class with Rosie – Cullercoats Community Centre, Belle Vue Street, Cullercoats (just off John Street).Tuesdays, 7.15 to 8.45pm. £6.50. Also small group and private lessons.

Tel: 0752 772 8366 Email: rosiessunpoweryoga@gmail.com

Papercuts – a slice of imagination Ltd

Craft shop – Roxburgh House, Park Avenue,Whitley Bay. Ideas, inspiration and a fantastic range of products. Also craft demonstrations and classes and a special occasion design service. Tel: (0191) 447 9257

Email: papercutswhitleybay@hotmail.co.uk

Whitley Wonders Flyball Teams

Flyball dogs are fit, active and ball mad! Could your dog be a flyball dog? Flyball is fun for humans and fantastic for dogs.Tel: 0753 601 4201 Email: info@whitleywonders.org.uk

www.whitleywonders.org.uk

Slimming World

Mondays (7pm) at Oxford Street Methodist Church,Whitley Bay and Thursdays (7pm) at Allotment Social Club & Institute,West Allotment. Tel: (0191) 266 3925 or 07775 642 906 (Gill)

Email: gill.harrison352@btinternet.com

North Tyneside Council does not accept any responsibility for the businesses listed above.

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