Take a look – new £1.5million plans for Sunderland seafront go on display

Marine Walk lighting display by Keith Thompson
Marine Walk lighting display by Keith Thompson
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PLANS for a second wave of development to spruce up Sunderland’s seafront go on display today.

Public consultation on the £1.5million plans for Roker’s lower promenade, Marine Walk and Seaburn promenade has now begun and Wearsiders are asked for their input.

Under the proposals, street furniture, feature lighting and an overhaul of the Marine Walk play park will breath new life into the seafront in a bid to boost visitors.

>>CLICK HERE to view a map of the plans for Marine Walk.

>>CLICK HERE to view a map of the plans for Seaburn Promenade.

Council bosses believe the radical revamp will help existing businesses and attract ones to the seafront. Development includes Seaburn Shelter, which is being turned into a new restaurant/cafe, including new public toilets.

The cash for the scheme was given the go-ahead by Sunderland City Council earlier this year after the first phase of the work was completed.

These included the creation of a new events space at Holey Rock Corner, Roker, funded by the Commission of Architecture and the Built Environment’s Sea Change fund and the council.

It also included feature lighting at Marine Walk, which recently scooped a national award.

Phase one improvements to Seaburn Promenade included granite steps which can be used as seating, timber sea-facing seating on the upper promenade and replacement seating on the seawall.

Councillor Mel Speding, cabinet secretary, said: “The seafront is one of our best assets.

“And we’re working hard to make the most if it by continuing with the comprehensive seafront regeneration project we began in 2009, despite the current economic climate.

“The phase one improvements have been very well received with the feature lighting even winning a national award, so I hope people will take the time to look at these latest designs and let us know what they think.”

Anyone who wants to take part in the consultation can view the designs at www.sunderland.gov.uk/seafront.

Comments can be submitted online or emailed to implementation@sunderland.gov.uk, before 5pm on Monday, September 24.

The plans will also be on display at the Customer Service Centre in Fawcett Street, and Fulwell Library during the consultation period.

Comment forms will be available at the exhibitions and also from the resorts office at Marine Walk.