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Post  Guest on 2013-05-28, 11:56 am

Why is it so neglected along the sea front?

Decent beaches, but nowt else there..

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CROWDS failed to flock to Sunderland’s coastline on bank holiday Monday.

But just six miles down the road at South Shields, hosts of families were enjoying the fun of the fair at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park.

Despite mild temperatures and a rare glimpse of sunshine, Wearsiders shunned Roker and Seaburn’s award-winning stretches of sand, which were virtually empty yesterday.

Now Fulwell ward councillor George Howe has blamed a lack of investment for dwindling visitor numbers at Sunderland’s seaside.

Coun Howe said: “To be quite honest, I have made comments in the past which have been refuted by the spokesman from the council.

“South Shields has made an investment of £20million and we have been scraping for £4million.

“There is nothing there. Well, there is something there, but nothing people want to interest their children in on Bank Holiday Monday.”

The councillor, who has spoken out in the past about a lack of facilities on Sunderland’s seafront, believes features like a “wet” leisure centre would bring people back to the coast.

He added: “It’s always been the same. South Shields are a go-ahead authority. There are three swimming pools on the seafront at South Shields, along with all kinds of other attractions.

“We have had our eyes closed here.”

Sunderland City Council won £2million in funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund in February.

The authority has also earmarked a further £2.3million to expand on improvement work already carried out at Roker.

It is hoped the ambitious scheme could create 521 jobs indirectly, plus 525 temporary construction jobs.

Work to give the seafront a much-needed face lift began earlier this year as part of the Sea Change programme.

An award-winning firm of Sunderland architects is hoping to revitalise Roker and Seaburn with a hat-trick of landmark designs.

Fitz Architects has already designed the new leisure development to replace the former Seaburn Shelter, and a new café proposed for a site at Pier Cottages, Marine Walk, Roker.

A planning application has also been made for another development at Marine Walk, opposite the planned new café.

But businesses have hit out at the plans, criticising three mobile cannonballs pods, intended to offer retail, educational and performance facilities at various locations along Marine Walk.

Tom Parkin, owner of Sue’s Cafe, told a recent planning meeting: “The pods were forced through by planning officers against the general public, who thought they were a daft idea.”

However, Cabinet secretary, Coun Mel Speding, heralded an “exciting time for the seafront” with £5million of investment planned over the next few years.

He added: “Private sector investment is key to helping us deliver the kind of facilities which people tell us they want at the seafront, so it’s great to see developments like this going ahead.

“It all adds to the bigger picture of improvements at Roker, which includes £2.3million which the council has allocated to continue work begun under the Sea Change funded project.”
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Post  cyprussyd on 2013-05-29, 8:06 am

Investment, simple really, good beach and nice place but nothing there now, no effort to attract people.

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Post  Hieronymus on 2013-05-29, 12:24 pm

It is much, much worse in Whitley Bay, with its boarded up, tatty pubs, hotels and guest houses. The closure of the Spanish City, building a school on it and putting a road through the middle didn't help either. It used to be one of the most popular family resorts in the UK and now it's desolate.

There have been plans to 'do something' for years and years and years and because of the weird political set up in North Tyneside the politicians tie themselves in knots to SAY they will change it, if they are elected, but the end result so far is ZILCH!
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