MARKET traders are at loggerheads with council bosses as the first stage in a £100m masterplan for South Shields town centre is about to be launched.
Coun Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, and chief executive Martin Swales will be in South Shields Market Place tomorrow to launch demolition work on the eyesore building Wouldhave House.
That will start ‘South Shields 365’, through which the town will be transformed over the next decade with the creation of a new central library, hotel, cinema complex, public open spaces, retail complex and much more.
But market traders had an at-times fiery meeting with council bosses on Friday over proposals for the future of the Market Square.
A new grassed area and amphitheatre form part of the ambitious masterplan and, although traders are to remain in the square, they are to be moved to the part of the site closest to King Street.
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