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Community priorities


The Council will shape future services with residents and businesses at the forefront.

We will also work to reach out directly to even more residents to find out the issues that are most important to you.

We will be conducting a resident survey to understand what is important in the longer-term, to help us shape services for the future.

Support our young people in need

We protected all sure start and nursery provision right across South Tyneside.

We will also deliver:

  • a new children's home for young people in South Tyneside who can't live at home
  • a £300,000 extension in respite care for South Tyneside's children with additional needs
  • additional places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities at Hedworthfield, Bamburgh and Epinay, bringing the former South Shields School building back into use and supporting learners up until the age of 25 years

Support families and older or vulnerable populations

We delivered Extra Care Homes and Independent Supported Living schemes, including Seymour Court and Whitburn Towers.

We will also deliver:

  • 3 new borough-wide schemes to provide homes for older people who can't live at home
  • 800 new affordable homes for rent or for sale
  • a new partnership team to tackle incidences of domestic violence
  • continued support to established Mutual Aid groups and Food Banks across South Tyneside

Create the conditions for economic recovery and investment

We invested in infrastructure across South Tyneside, including the Arches, Tyne Tunnel Approach Road and Lindisfarne Roundabout.

We will also invest in:

  • an Economic Recovery Plan to help create future growth and prosperity, delivering 10,000 jobs to the region over the next five years
  • support to schools and further education to equip young people with skills to secure new jobs

Support all our town centres, villages, high streets and hospitality

We invested Council funding in Jarrow Focus and Hebburn Central to reinvigorate the privately-owned town centres as well as investment to improve South Shields as a visitor destination.

We will also support our economy to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic:

  • create a new town centre, villages and high street recovery and improvement team
  • extend free, family-friendly cultural activities right across the Borough
  • consolidate business support advice and funding administration through a business 'hub'
  • invest in South Shields Riverside, including new homes and further town centre improvements for residents and visitors alike

Invest in our natural and built environment

We invested in road and pedestrian bridges in Jarrow, coastal path and steps at Marsden, flood alleviation at Monkton and Cleadon and Borough-wide renewable energy in buildings and streetlights.

We will also invest in:

  • an £8million decarbonisation programme, benefitting people right across South Tyneside
  • renewable energy, including Hebburn Minewater Scheme, Jarrow's Viking Energy Network and at Middlefields and Holborn, South Shields
  • new recycling initiatives, whilst tackling litter, fly tipping and dog fouling
  • borough-wide roads and footpaths on a priority/safety-led approach, including the realignment of the coast road between Whitburn and South Shields to safeguard against natural erosion
  • improvements to our crematorium, to pay our respects and support bereaved families
  • improvements to Monkton Stadium in Jarrow to support more people to get active from the Mid-Tyne area and beyond
  • 3,000 trees planted per year, supporting the delivery of a new North East Forest

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