£200million Sunderland blueprint for new River Wear footbridge, schools, Vaux car park and other major projects revealed

A footbridge over the River Wear, new schools and more development of the city centre, riverside and seafront all form part of a potential £200million investment bonanza for Sunderland

Monday, 7th October 2019, 17:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th October 2019, 11:13 am

Council bosses say the proposals in their emerging City Plan would help create a “more dynamic, healthy and vibrant Sunderland”.

The new investment plans include:• A £36.3million development on Farringdon Row that would be supported by a long-term lease with a prospective tenant;• A £6.8m pot of funding towards feasibility and design works for a footbridge over the Wear, more railway station and Vaux development, works in Holmeside and more leisure and housing developments;• A £9m Vaux multi-storey car park to meet future site occupiers and general city centre use;• £15.1m of Sunderland riverside infrastructure to support developments on the Vaux site and surrounding areas;• £46.5m towards strategic land acquisitions that contribute to city regeneration priorities;• A £7.5m Crowtree Square retail development;• New build primary schools at Sunningdale (£13.035m), Thorney Close (£6.9m) and Hetton (£4.8m) plus updates of £4.6m at Newbottle Primary and £2.9m at Barnes Junior school;* £2m for Seaburn public realm works at Ocean Park:* An extra £303,000 of updates to Jacky Whites Market to bring refurbishment works up to £400,000;* £750,000 towards restoring Roker Park Lodge and opening a café, kitchen garden and outside eating area;* £650,000 for updating café and events space at Herrington Country Park's site office;* A new £1.4m Cork Street Day Centre for people with physical disabilities.

This £198.993m overall costs are factored into the council's budget planning as long-term investments.

Sunderland could receive £200m of investment if new council proposals are eventually approved.

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Leader of Sunderland City Council, Coun Graeme Miller, said: "This council is looking at more long-term investment projects to help grow our city's wealth and health."The proposals will be set out at ameeting next Tuesday, with a final budget likely to be agreed in March 2020.

Where much of the near £200m would be spent.