Wallsend Fire Station Saved From Closure

Wallsend Fire Station

Wallsend Fire Station

Labour Councillors on the Tyne & Wear fire authority recently voted to save Wallsend fire station from closure after Tyne & Wear Fire chiefs initially agreed to cuts that would have seen the loss of the fire station on Hadrian road, Wallsend.

The original decision to close Wallsend fire station was taken as Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service faced making cuts of over £5 million pounds.

Emergencies currently covered by the modern Fire station were earmarked to be covered by a new station to be built in Longbenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, with the obvious disruption this might have created to members of the Wallsend public.



Labour’s candidate in Wallsend ward Matthew Thirlaway is quoted on the Labour party website as saying.


“I am delighted that the fire authority has reversed its decision to close Wallsend fire station, This is despite the authority facing £14 million worth of cuts over 7 years which amoount to 35% of its budget from the coalition government.

With the developments that Mayor Redfearn and the labour group are continually backing along the North bank of the Tyne it was crucial our heavy industries are protected with the saftey of having the fire station in the middle of the development.”


Future Town Plans Go On Show

regenerationwallsendMembers of the Wallsend public will be able to find out more about the town’s regeneration plans at a special event opening next week, including further details of the new look Forum Shopping Centre & the future for the former Swans shipyard site.

The plans will be on display at Wallsend’s Customer First Centre from dinnertime on Wed the 11th of February 2015 until closing time on Friday the 20th and will showcase how North Tyneside Council plan to work with the towns residents, business people and other associated local partners to secure a bright future for the town of Wallsend along with an estimated 1,000 local jobs.

More than £100 million is being invested to develop the former shipyard site into a brand new business hub on the River Tyne, playing a major part in the plan for a bright economic future for Wallsend.

Visitors to the event will be able to view the latest planned developments for the Forum Shopping Centre, to be delivered by the centre’s owners, New River, including plans for a new supermarket, a Burger King and new shopping car park.

The event will also showcase a wide range of other schemes, including housing developments, Wallsend Parks, Hadrian Leisure Centre, the former Wallsend Town Hall, the former Wallsend Police Station and former Wallsend Library.

Wallsend Photo Gallery

Work Begins On Swan Hunters Business Park

Swan Hunters Shipyard To Become A Low Carbon High Tech Enterprise Zone & Business Park

Work has started to transform the old Swan Hunters shipyard into a high tech business & enterprise Park.

North Tyneside council is carrying out work to repair the Quay, upgrade access roads, install electricity, water and drainage to the 34 acre site.

The zone will allow investors on the sites to be eligible for enhanced capital allowances – providing opportunities to access millions of pounds to support their move to the enterprise zone.

It is hoped the new enterprise zone will become a hub of expertise built around manufacturing, research and innovation in the field of low carbon ..

High tech premises will then be available to rent by employers who are keen to move to the site, other benefits to businesses locating to the zone by the 31st of March 2015 will also include:

  • 5 years business rate relief
  • A simplified planning scheme
  • Riverfront access
  • Low carbon utilities
  • Local business links