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South TynesideCouncil’s tourism bosses get their cameras out

Tourism bosses are putting passers-by in the picture this week in a bid to attract more visitors to the borough.

Such a shame that, for now, they won’t be able to be pictured outside of a brand spanking new hotel in South Shields.

I’ve just emailed the Leader of South Tyneside Council seeking clarification about his remarks in the Gazette’s article:

“Given the significance of the Gypsies Green site as part of our Foreshore offer, we cannot afford to allow the downturn to delay our plans.

“That is why we are looking at alternative options for that site, including a centre of sporting excellence.

“We are working closely with other organisations to secure a more modest investment to bring the sporting facilities and surrounding infrastructure up to a really high standard.”

I was under the impression that Tavistock had been sold a lease on the land, but we’ll have to wait and see, but the cynic in me also sees a political climbdown by Labour’s local leadership, a sop to the protesters and Independent Alliance supporters. So whilst our near neighbours and rivals in Newcastle and Gateshead try to fight off the developers wanting to build new hotels, in South Tyneside it looks as though the local tourist economy will play second fiddle to the local mischief makers who like nothing better than a metaphorical fight in the town hall.

This does not have the resounding smack of strong leadership.

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Written by curly

July 1, 2009 at 10:11 am

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  1. It’s been an open secret that Tavistock were having a cash crisis. I agree that there’s a fair deal of spin going on but it’s unfair to blame the council for Tavistock’s capital position and their decision to pull out. Also, if as you claim, hotel developers are desperate for a local site then why haven’t we heard of them beating a path to the council’s door to get Gypsie’s Green at a bargain price?


    July 1, 2009 at 7:37 pm

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