Laygate businesses suffer drop in trade as historic South Shields shopping area undergoes multi-million regeneration project

Frederick Street shop traders concerned over demolition.'Front Sheena Carmichael with other traders
Frederick Street shop traders concerned over demolition.'Front Sheena Carmichael with other traders

Traders caught up in a multi-million pound regeneration project in South Tyneside say “we are still open for business.”

Work is well under way on the demolition and clearing up of the southern end of Frederick Street at Laygate, South Shields.

Frederick Street shop traders concerned over demolition.

Frederick Street shop traders concerned over demolition.

It’s all part of a £30million regeneration scheme which will see 223 new homes being built in the area. Some of those properties have been built and residents are now living in them.

However, while work to improve the area continues, traders say they have noticed a drop in trade.

Some business owners say they have also been stopped by people who believe they are either closed down are due to close.

Sheena Carmichael, who runs Jazz Hairdressers in the street, said: “The regeneration is brilliant and just what this area deserves. The council have been very helpful in keeping us informed with everything that has been going on along the way.

Businesses in the top half of Frederick Street are very much open for business.

Sheena Carmichael

“But unfortunately, a lot of people do think the whole street is being pulled down – but it isn’t.

“Businesses in the top half of the street are very much here and very much open for business. So please come down and do your shopping here.”

The new neighbourhood will provide a mix of social and private housing.

The northern half of Frederick Street remains open for business, with the development designed to integrate the existing retail area with the new neighbourhood to help trade thrive.

As part of the plans, a new linear park running from Reed Street, through the rear of Frederick Street will be built.

There will also be new car parking around the retained northern half of Frederick Street in a bid to help support local businesses.