The economy is struggling, and councils are facing huge cuts, but people in South Shields are nevertheless being promised a multi million pounds revamp of their town.
A master plan revealed today includes a new shopping area, new library and cinema, which councillors insist they can afford.
You can watch the full report from our Business Correspondent Ben Chapman below.
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