A report by a Bloomberg “reporter” states that Wallsend has become a Slum.
Proof for this Bloomberg “reporters” assertion that “Hadrian’s Town” (Wallsend) has become a slum (and perhaps in a misguided attempt to give his article some gravitas) comes from the fact that that he quotes a worker at a second hand shop on High Street East who says “people are coming in even to buy toys” and a member of the Wallsend public who he quotes as saying “from what it was to now, it’s just a slum”
As you can see in his “so called” report, he mentions nothing about the inward investment such as the over 4 million pounds that at the time was being spent on replacing a pedestrian and road bridge that leads directly on to exactly the same street/road as the second hand shop he reports about.
There is no mention nor pictures of the refurbished Wallsend Forum or the multi million investment into the regeneration of Battle Hill or even in fact the multi millions were about to be spent on the new state of the art wallsend swimming pool & fitness centre.
The pool incidentally is built next to the Burnside Business & Enterprise College which just happens to be a bit further down the same road in Wallsend as the second hand furniture store.
“Quotes” (shown below) to try to substantiate his report of Wallsend as a slum included those of local businessman Kuldeep Mahal, who has owns a fish-and-chip shop on Laurel Street in Wallsend and Garry Marshall the manager of the local Wallsend Boys Club
As a town, obviously Wallsend has had it’s fair share of problems which mainly stems from the closures at Swan Hunter’s Wallsend ship yard, however, he is absolutely wrong in what he writes.
We were so incensed by this (at best) unreliable reporting that we sent a slimmed down version of this “counter argument” to Bloomberg itself (they only allow 600 characters)
We still await their reply (if any) and of course we also await any comments you the Wallsend public or even the people quoted in the article/report may have.
As for the revelation that “people go in to the second hand shop to buy toys“, well what is wrong with being thrifty or frugal and why (in the report at least) does the shop worker instead of praising his customers thriftiness seem to be insinuating that all the customers who buy from the shop are people who can’t afford to buy new?
Other Quotes From The Article
“People used to go out on a Friday and Saturday night and get food on the way back, now they don’t have the money”
Attributed in the report as a quote from a local fish shop proprietor
“You saw kids who came here and had new clothes every few weeks. Over the last four to eight months, you don’t see that anymore”
Attributed in the report as a quote from Alan Marshall of Wallsend boys club