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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 October 2006, 07:21 GMT 08:21 UK
Bid to regenerate quay buildings
Fish quay
The old Low Lights on the fish quay is earmarked for restoration
Neglected buildings on a historic North East quayside could be brought back into use if a bid for regeneration cash is successful.

The scheme is part of the continuing restoration of the North Shields Fish Quay in response to the decline in the local fishing industry.

If the latest bid for 412,500 is successful, North Tyneside Council said it would boost the total to 1m.

Buildings identified include the 17th century Clifford's Fort monument.

Tremendous potential

The five-year project would see the restoration of the Irvin buildings, the Old Low Lights and the New Dolphin pub, which is one of the oldest surviving buildings on the Fish Quay.

Jim Allan, North Tyneside Council's Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: "We hope this bid is successful and are fully committed to providing match funding.

"We believe the Fish Quay has tremendous potential and the improvements, which our long term regeneration scheme envisaged, are already starting to happen."

If the bid is approved, work would start on the scheme in January 2007.


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