North Tyneside Council wants to hear the opinions of local residents over proposals to revitalise North Shields town centre.

A public consultation has been launched by the council as part of their draft ‘Ambition for North Shields and Fish Quay masterplan’.

Residents will be able to provide their views on the plans through an online tool or through the council’s ‘Ambition for North Shields’ Facebook page. The plans will also be displayed in the North Shields Customer First Centre where people can leave their comments in a post box.

Brochures with details about the proposals and space to leave comments are being delivered to all homes in the area covered by the masterplan.

No decisions have been made yet and the initial plans will be developed further after the council received feedback from residents, partners, investors and local businesses through the public consultation.

North Tyneside Council aim to combine living, work, retail in a new town centre whilst also connecting it to Fish Quay. Public transport, walking and cycling connections are all being considered as part of the masterplan in addition to public spaces suitable for hosting public events and festivals.

There are nine projects currently under consideration for North Shields town centre and Fish Quay. These include enhancing the appearance of key areas, creating a new transport hub and interchange and town square to host events, markets and performances, improved walking and cycling routes in the town centre, a new cultural quarter and riverside walkway linking the town centre to the Fish Quay.

Cllr Bruce Pickard, North Tyneside Council’s Deputy Mayor, said: “We’re a council that has always been about ambition and these draft proposals for North Shields are no different.

“Our bold plans are aimed at creating somewhere people want to live, work and spend their leisure time.

“We’re a listening council and we want residents, businesses and other interested parties to help us shape and refine the proposals before the masterplan is finalised so I would urge everyone to have their say.

“Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus, we won’t be able to hold public events and exhibitions but there are plenty more ways to find out about the plans and comment and leave your feedback.”

As part of the consultation comments and feedback can also be emailed to Regenconsult@northtyneside.gov.uk

Find out more about the ‘Ambition for North Shields’ here and follow/like our Facebook page.