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North Tyneside Council
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
Tel: (0191) 2192366
Fax: (0191) 2192375
Characteristics and Location:
North Tyneside is one of five metropolitan districts that comprise the area of Tyne and Wear. Situated in North East England, the other districts of Tyne and Wear are Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
North Tyneside is a borough of considerable contrasts. The northern fringe of the borough is open countryside. The main urban areas, including the towns of Wallsend, North Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, lie along the river and coastline. There are three other large settlements, Longbenton, Forest Hall and Killingworth, between these main towns and the rural hinterland. Along the northern edge of the borough are a number of former mining villages.
The coast and riverside remain popular tourist areas. The riverside of the Tyne is undergoing major regeneration, while the coastal strip has some of the most affluent areas in the northern region. The coastline boasts some outstanding sandy beaches, and there are many recreational opportunities and excellent shopping facilities in the borough.
Shipbuilding, fishing and coal mining have each played an important role in shaping North Tyneside’s heritage and characteristics. These can be seen in many of the names and features of the borough.
The borough has good external road links south through the Tyne Tunnel, west to Newcastle upon Tyne and north to the A1.
The rapid transit metro rail system loops through the borough, connecting the main towns and coastal area with Newcastle and the other districts of Tyneside. Newcastle International Airport is to the North West and is linked to the metro. There are also major North Sea ferry links to Norway, Sweden, Holland and Germany.
The borough covers an area of 84 square kilometres. It stretches from the eastern boundary of Newcastle upon Tyne to the North Sea and from the southern boundary of Northumberland to the River Tyne.
The population currently stands at around 194,000 and is forecast to remain at that level for probably the next ten years.
The borough has an ethnic minority population of around one per cent. About half of this population are southern Asian (mostly Indian and Bangladeshi). The next largest group are Chinese.
The total labour force of the borough is over 89,000. Total unemployment is currently (February 2000) about 6.7%. Male unemployment is 9.8% and female unemployment is 2.9%. The unemployment levels overall and for both the male and female populations are lower than Tyne and Wear averages. There are, however, pockets of unemployment within the borough where the rate is much higher.
The major employers in the area include: manufacturing, retail/wholesale, health and social care, education, finance and business. The principal manufacturing industries include offshore engineering, ship-repair, food processing, furniture, clothing and chemicals.
In recent years there has been substantial investment in the regeneration of North Shields and Longbenton areas and in the A19 corridor enterprise zone. Cobalt and Balliol Business Parks have also attracted considerable office developments.
The nature of the work in North Tyneside has changed fundamentally with the growth of part-time work. Many new jobs have been created recently in the emerging ‘call centre’ industry and through continued growth in retail, care and service industries.
The council works with its partners in the public and private sectors to ensure that the borough’s workforce has the right skills to meet the needs of new business opportunities.
Leisure and Recreation:
There is a wide range of leisure and recreation facilities in North Tyneside. These include swimming pools, leisure pools, golf courses and sports centres.
The borough is steeped in history and includes Segedunum Roman museum archaeological park and visitor centre which opened in summer 2000. This fort in Wallsend is the last outpost of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site.
At the coast, Tynemouth Castle and Priory, and Whitley Bay Lighthouse provide breathtaking sea views and add to the borough’s many attractions for visitors.
The Rising Sun Countryside Park is sited on a former colliery and provides a haven for birdwatchers, picnic area, farm and children’s play area. The 400 acre park is at the centre of a disused wagon way network which criss-crosses North Tyneside – ideal for walkers and cyclists. A 13 kilometre waterside trail provides an alternative route for walkers around part of the borough’s coast and riverside.
Recent additions to the borough’s many attractions are a multiplex cinema, sea-life centre and retail outlet shopping centre.
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