Fairground boss expects visitor boom as £1.5million seafront investment presses ahead

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park new rides and giveaway. Michael Sheeran.
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park new rides and giveaway. Michael Sheeran.

A SOUTH Tyneside fairground owner believes a new £1.5m seafront investment will enable his tourism attraction to reach new heights of success.

Councillors are to be updated on a project to upgrade a key section of South Shields’ Foreshore next week.

A report to be presented at a meeting of the full council will detail plans to improve public spaces between Littlehaven and Sandhaven beaches.

The council won £1.5m of funding for the scheme from the Coastal Communities Fund earlier this year.

This will be matched by £529,000 from the council.

The project, which will create up to 52 jobs, will improve the area between the north and south promenades with new hard and soft landscaping and seating.

It’s a plan which has the full support of the owners of the town’s Ocean Beach Pleasure Park.

They are also keen to support the vision for the area and are looking to open up the back of the arcades with new entrances and windows.

Owner Michael Sheeran has revealed exciting new plans to help transform the area – and attract more tourists to the town.

He said: “We have been fully behind the proposed improvements and feel the project will link the two promenades, giving us the confidence to invest further in our Family Entertainment Centres and open them up onto the new promenade.

“We are also relocating the Quasar Laser into a new arena within our Entertainment Centre, which means it will improve the year-round facilities on the seafront for visitors.”

Councillor John Anglin, the council’s lead member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “This scheme will build on the considerable investment that has already gone into regenerating our Foreshore.

“The work will help create a more vibrant, attractive area to draw visitors onto the promenade and will improve connectivity between the north and south piers.

“Tourism is an essential part of the economic make up of South Shields and this project will create and safeguard a number of jobs directly on and around the Foreshore, by increasing visitor numbers and spend.”

The report will be presented at a meeting of full council next Thursday, April 9, from 6pm, at South Shields Town Hall. Members of the public can attend.