THE completion of a new £5m promenade in South Tyneside is another key milestone for the borough’s future, says the leader of the council.
The weekend thousands of visitors from across the North East gathered at Littlehaven Beach in South Shields, for the unveiling of the new 500m promenade, which features a number of original artworks and state-of-the-art decorative lighting.
It was officially launched by the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Nigel Sherlock OBE, with those in attendance enjoying a host of live entertainment; including a daredevil wing walking display, live music, dance and gymnastics, a regatta in South Shields harbour and a firework display.
The free event, run by South Tyneside Council, also marked the completion of the new sea defence system, which realigned and widened the former defences to provide added protection to that stretch of the coastline near the mouth of the Tyne.
Coun Iain Malcolm says the promenade is one of many exciting things to have happened in the borough in recent months, and there’s plenty more still to come.
He said: “Completion of Littlehaven promenade is another key milestone in our borough’s regeneration, just a few months after the development of a stunning new riverside park and the opening of the new Haven Point pool and leisure complex by HRH the Duke of Cambridge.
“South Tyneside has been hard hit by funding reductions but we are determined to continue investing in regeneration, jobs and economic growth. Last year we announced South Shields 365, a £100m town centre renewal vision, and we expect to be on site with the first construction work within twelve months.”
The Littlehaven project was funded by South Tyneside Council, the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water. It was delivered by a team including Galliford Try Civil Engineering, Royal Haskoning DHV, Oobe and Balfour Beatty Living Places.