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Seaside town revamp plans on show

11 October 09 11:48 GMT

Members of the public have been given the chance to view plans for the regeneration of a once-popular tourist resort on North Tyneside.

The proposals for Whitley Bay include turning the Spanish City, famous for its Grade II listed dome, into a "cultural and leisure" hub.

Brochures have been sent out to developers, canvassing their interest for potential use of the building.

People can also comment on the plans which are on display in the library.

The exhibition shows how the re-routing of the road behind the Spanish City site could allow the creation of a pedestrianised piazza - complete with fountains - at the front of the dome.

Linda Arkely, North Tyneside's elected mayor, said: "Whitley Bay is set to regain its reputation as a place for visitors and residents to enjoy family-friendly fun during their leisure time.

"These plans set out the scale of our ambition to transform our seafront once again into a public space that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"It will benefit residents, visitors and businesses of the town."

She added: "The comments we receive from the public are essential and will help us when we consider the expressions of interests from those interested in using the dome."

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