Posted on Friday 27 October 2017
Plans to redevelop Felling town centre are taking a step forward, following a £370k grant to Gateshead Council from the Department of Communities and Local Government.
The first stage will be a series of consultation events with local people who live, work or own businesses in Felling, with the first being at Felling Community Centre, Crowhall Lane, Felling on Thursday, 2 November between 1.30pm and 7.30pm. This is a drop in day for people to come along and speak to consultants about the Felling Town Centre Masterplan, give their views and have a say on the future of the area. There will be other events up to February 2018.
The consultation team is keen to hear any ideas, thoughts and opinions about what people would like to see in the town centre in the future.
The town centre redevelopment will include the High Street, the area around the Greyhound pub and the homes in St Oswald’s Court, Crowhall Towers and Sir Godfrey Thomson Court.
During this time, the team will come up with a masterplan that looks at the future of homes and the town centre in general. This will be developed in consultation with residents, businesses and the wider community, including organisations and groups that are active within the area and also local school children.
If you come along to the event, you will be able to ask questions, but also have the opportunity to let the team know more about your thoughts about your home, the environment in which you live, the town centre and the wider community.
The master plan will form the basis for future change in Felling. However, this is just the start of the regeneration process and it will take some years before any proposals are implemented.
The team will be also doing site visits throughout November and residents and people working in the town will see members from the surveying team inspecting common areas, planted areas, external areas such as roofs, any basements, vacant properties in each of the blocks of homes, as well as the Community Centre and Greyhound Pub. The team will be wearing high visibility clothing branded with the initials WYG and will carry identification.
Councillor Malcolm Brain, Cabinet Member for Housing at Gateshead Council said: “This is the beginning of an exciting process for Felling. While the regeneration of the area will take some years, it’s a chance for residents, businesses and community groups to have a real input and a say in the future development of the town centre. Your views and opinions are crucial to this and I’d urge as many people as possible to take some time to attend the drop in on November 2. "