Work stalls on iconic dome

Work on Whitley Bay's iconic Spanish City Dome has stalled over a lack of funds

Mayor "extremely disappointed" after dome work stalls

Work to regenerate Whitley Bay's Spanish City Dome has stalled due to a lack of funding.

Norma Redfearn, elected Mayor of North Tyneside, said:

"It's extremely disappointing that the regeneration of the building has stalled and we were refused funding earlier in the year.

"As elected mayor I promise to listen to what residents had to say and that's why I am asking them to help us to secure the dome's future and show us how strongly they want the dome to be finished.

"I'm determined not to give up on it - it's an iconic landmark, it's part of our heritage but most of all it's very important to local people."

– Norma Redfearn, elected Mayor of North Tyneside

Residents of North Tyneside are now being urged to lobby the Heritage Lottery Fund by filling out postcards, forms and online petitions calling on the dome to be awarded financial support

Work stalls on Whitley Bay's iconic dome

The Spanish City Dome at Whitley Bay Credit: ITV

Regeneration work on Whitley Bay's Spanish City Dome has stalled due to a lack of funding.

The iconic landmark, which fronted the Spanish City funfair for more than one hundred years, has been under reconstruction since 2005. It had been hoped the Grade II listed building could be restored and made into a hotel and apartments by 2014.

But North Tyneside Council, who were refused a £3.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in April, says it cannot continue with the project until it receives further funding in December.

The dome opened in 1910 as a concert hall, restaurant and team room. It later became part of an amusement park and was given worldwide fame by the Dire Straits song 'Tunnel of Love' in 1981.