St Mary's Lighthouse

St Mary's Lighthouse up for rent

North Tyneside Council is offering a lease to those prepared to invest in the landmark - and the more creative the idea, the better.

Mariner 9 video

Video shows future of Mars

A new video installation on Tyneside shows what Mars may look like in 200 years time when it has become a junkyard of abandoned spacecraft.

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Resident groups to tackle Whitley Bay trouble-makers

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, is putting together dedicated task groups to tackle anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay.

It follows from an event attended by over 50 local residents, where people shared their growing concerns over nuisance behaviour in parts of the town, perceived to be fuelled by alcohol and drug use.

Suggestions from the meeting included additional use of CCTV, a review of letting procedures and creating a stronger partnership across residents and police to unite against trouble-makers.

As a Council we are committed to making sure Whitley Bay is a great place to live and work and it is sad that in some parts of our town that is not currently the case. To ensure long-term success we need to have the community working with us. To ensure that happens I would be delighted to establish a task and finish group to bring local people, community groups and businesses together around the table to discuss the issues and help us come up with agreed and joined up solutions that protect Whitley Bay’s law-abiding citizens.

– Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn


Plans to demolish 150-year-old café in Whitley Bay

Pressure is mounting on North Tyneside Council to abandon its plans to demolish a 150-year-old café on Whitley Bay's seafront.

The Boardwalk Cafe is set to close its doors for the last time this weekend. However, an online petition to save the building has so far gathered almost 2,000 signatures.

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council, which owns the cafe, said the demolition is a necessary part of the seafront's £60m regeneration plan.

Boardwalk cafe in Whitley Bay
Boardwalk Café in Whitley Bay occupies an key spot on the coastline
Boardwalk Cafe in Whitley Bay
The café is owned by North Tyneside Council, which wants to replace it with a kiosk

Protesters win reprieve for historic seaside shelters

Enjoyed by generations: one of the shelters at the Whitley Bay seafront. Credit: ITV News

Three shelters earmarked for demolition have been been given a last-minute reprieve after 2,000 people signed a petition to save them.

The shelters on the North Promenade at Whitley Bay were due to be bulldozed this morning, but the council has agreed to a delay.

A spokesman says this will allow them to hear people's concerns, and a final decision will be made at a later date.


Properties evacuated after gas cylinder fire

Emergency services are dealing with Whitley Bay fire.
Emergency services are dealing with Whitley Bay fire. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A number of premises in Whitley Bay have been evacuated after a gas cylinder caught fire.

Emergency services were called to reports of the blaze on Foxhunters Road at around 4pm today.

Roads are still open around an area which has been cordoned off.

Man rescued from sea at Whitley Bay

A man has been taken to hospital after being rescued from the sea at Whitley Bay.

The 53-year-old was spotted in the water opposite the High Point Hotel at around 8:15am before being rescued by police and the local lifeboat. He was transported to Rake Lane Hospital where is currently in intensive care.

Northumbria Police are keen to speak to anyone who has information about the incident.

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