Members of South Tyneside Council's Cabinet have agreed to spend £30,000 relocating traders and acquiring a lease as part of their plans to revitalise a South Shields shopping area.
To make the Laygate site more attractive for a new foodstore development, the Council is negotiating to move four tenants to vacant shop units on the opposite side of New Green Street. The shops the Council wants to move include Urron Butchers and Anne's Newsagents. These proposed relocations follow the seven leaseholds acquired last March with money from the Single Regeneration Budget and One North East.
Councillor Eddie McAtominey, Lead Member for Corporate Development said: "The proposed relocations represent a further step in reducing the number of interests at the Laygate site and hence making it more attractive to potential developers.
It is pleasing that existing tenants such as Urron Butchers and Anne's Newsagents want to stay in New Green Street and the Council is working hard to secure their relocation."
The moves are expected to take place in the next few months and will be co-ordinated with the refurbishment of New Green Street shops (north side) that is programmed to start in August.