The regeneration of Wallsend town centre will reach a key milestone in the next few weeks as the new Customer First Centre opens its doors.
The new facility is part of the revamp of the Wallsend Forum and adjacent area, to create a new vibrant centre for the town.
And it will give local people better access to North Tyneside Council services – as well as a state-of-the-art library.
The new Wallsend Customer First Centre is due to be handed over to North Tyneside Council at the end of this month.
The Council will then relocate both the library and customer service centres – and staff - into the new facility which will open to the public a few weeks later.
Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn:
“The Customer First Centre will create a key focal point, as part of the refurbishment of Wallsend Forum, and will help give a new lease of life to the centre of Wallsend."
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:
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
North Tyneside Council has decided to challenge a Government decision to allow a controversial merger between Kings School and Priory Primary in Tynemouth.
Councillor Ian Grayson, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learning said:
The council added that it will consider requesting a judicial review of the decision if a satisfactory response is not received.
North Tyneside Council is set to challenge a Government decision to allow a controversial merger between a state-funded primary and an independent school.
The Department for Education has given the go-ahead for the King's School in Tynemouth to combine and form an academy with Priory Primary. However, at a special meeting tonight the council has decided to oppose the plans over fears of the impact the move will have on the borough's 30,000 children.
The council has confirmed that it will now request that the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, reconsiders the proposals.
Last month, gardeners on a street in Whitley Bay were told they had to get rid of their plants, because of health and safety.
2,000 people have signed a petition to keep Rockcliffe Avenue blooming.
And now they have the good news they've been waiting for. Katie Oakes has been to meet them.
Gardeners in Whitley Bay are celebrating after being told they can keep the pots and plants that brighten their street.
Last month they were told the flowers had to go - because they were a health and safety risk.
Since then, two thousand people signed a petition to keep Rockcliffe Avenue blooming.
Today, Michael Kelley, who led the campaign, met with North Tyneside mayor Norma Redfearn.
They agreed the plants can stay.
Mike said: "It's a victory for Rockcliffe Avenue, it's a victory for Whitley Bay, and for everyone who signed the petition."
In a statement, the council said an "amicable agreement" had been reached.
A spokesman said: "The council will be working with Mr Kelley and residents to put in place a revised scheme which will allow the planters to remain, but each resident in the street will be able to opt in or opt out of the scheme.
“Letters will be sent to residents soon."