How to have your say on South Shields 365 masterplan

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PEOPLE can have their say next week on the first phase of ‘South Shields 365’.

A public consultation at South Shields Central Library, in Prince Georg Square, is an opportunity for people to cast an eye over the design plans.

In advance of a planning application being submitted, residents, businesses and interested parties are invited to consult with the development team and their architects for the scheme, who will be able to answer questions about the initial plans and on the future development of South Shields Town Centre.

David Wells, director of Muse Developments, said: “We need the views of the local populace to guide the planning decision.

“Design is always a subjective matter – you can’t please everyone, but we believe this is an exciting and significant building for South Shields.”

To keep up to date and give feedback, log on to the South Shields 365 website:

First impressions of the new Central Library design were overwhelmingly positive among shoppers in South Shields yesterday.

Mother-of-three MELANIE CLARKE, 25, from Horsley Hill, South Shields, said: “It looks like a good modern design and I think it will be popular, especially with younger families. We’ll certainly be visiting it.”

GILLIAN DRUMMOND, 34, of Green Lane, South Shields, said: “It looks like a building that is moving with the times but also fits in with the older buildings in the Market Place.”

Her father-in-law, JOHN DRUMMOND, 64, from Lawrence Avenue, South Shields, added: “It looks very exciting and just what the town needs to brighten it up.

“It’s different and I like the fact it is a circular design. It will be a real landmark.”

MALCOLM SAMPLE, 56, from Chichester, said: “I don’t think there is too much wrong with the existing library, but I imagine this will be more up-to-date.”