Aims to make South Shields town centre easily accessible for the disabled have been commended by top Paralympian.
David Weir, who won four gold medals at the 2012 London Games, learned of the plans on a visit to compete in the recent Tyne Tunnel 2k wheelchair race and Great North Run.
The £100m plan, developed by South Tyneside Council, has been drawn up by urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments, for whom a specialised study is also being prepared to ensure the renewed town centre is as helpful as possible. Weir, who has also won four Great North Run titles, says: “Almost one year on from the 2012 Paralympics it’s a perfect follow-on by South Tyneside to be part of the legacy. I look forward to South Shields setting an example to others.”
The South Shields 365 plan is bringing a new retail quarter to Fowler Street West area. There will be a new library and community hub on the site of Wouldhave House in the market place, retail and leisure facilities at Barrington Street and Fowler Street West, and a new transport interchange at Keppel Street. The market place and St Hilda’s area will be improved, with a new cinema, shops, restaurants and more parking.
A £16m seafront pool and leisure complex, Haven Point, is about ready and work is also well underway on a new promenade at nearby Littlehaven beach. A £2.3m riverside park, near the ferry landing at Harton Quays, is also nearly complete.
For more about the South Shields 365 masterplan, or to download a copy, visit www.southshields365.co.uk.