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Town Centres on Agenda for Committee

Regeneration plans for Hebburn and South Shields town centres will be on the agenda at a meeting of a key Council committee this week [Tuesday 10 September, 10am at South Shields Town Hall].

The Council's Place Select Committee will take a look at the ambitious South Shields 365 vision, which aims to make South Shields the North East's premier coastal resort by making it an exciting destination every day of the year.

The Council has recently selected Muse Developments, a leading national name in property development and urban regeneration, to deliver the transformational plans over a five to ten year period. These will see the town centre remodelled and the retail and leisure offer expanded providing a better shopping experience for residents and visitors to the town.

As the company behind major regeneration projects like Newcastle's Quayside, Durham's Walkergate development and Stockton Northshore, Muse is well known in the region and has a strong track record in delivering high quality town centre developments.

Members will also receive an update on developments in Hebburn, where Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd have been selected to build the town's new community hub, which will include a 25m swimming pool, a gym, library and learning centre.

Work is set to start on the hub site within weeks, with the £12m project expected to provide a boost for the town centre as well as providing a range of Council and other services under one roof.

The committee will also consider the British Retail Consortium's recent report, '21st Century High Street: What next for Britain's town centres?', which makes a series of recommendations to help town centres respond to challenges like online retailing.

Councillor Nancy Maxwell, Chairman of the Place Select Committee, said: "The Council is making major investments in our town centres over the next few years, so this is an important opportunity for local people to find out more and have their say about some ambitious and exciting projects that will affect us all."

The meeting takes place at South Shields Town Hall on Tuesday 10 September, 10am

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