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Updating Ocean Park

Coastal planting

A £2.32m package of further street and landscape improvements is being lined-up for Sunderland's seafront at Seaburn.

Sunderland City Council has invested more than £10m in recent years along the seafront at Roker and Seaburn. The new works and are a continuation of these and to support developments at and around Seaburn's Ocean Park.

The City Council's next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 15 September is being recommended to approve the funding so more detailed plans and tenders can be prepared.

The key proposals include:

Whitburn Road: Public Realm upgrades to the western footway (Ocean Park frontage), including visual improvements to the pumping station on the corner of Dykelands Road, and new east-west pedestrian links.

Cut Throat Dene: Soft landscaping, biodiversity improvements and new equipped play facilities.

Previous seafront landscaping and infrastructure works, such as new seafront planting and paving, have all helped attract visitors, new businesses and won design awards.

As well as the STACK development on the site of the former Seaburn Centre, a 40-bed inn and family restaurant is now being built, and a new car park is being prepared for land at the bottom of Dykelands Road, alongside other developments.

The landscaping, street and support works will complement the developments.

The City Council's Cabinet Member for Dynamic City, Councillor Rebecca Atkinson said: "The seafront is all part of the bigger picture for a more dynamic, healthy and vibrant Sunderland. The City Council has invested significant sums in the seafront and strengthened the seafront's appeal for residents and visitors. These improvements are very much a continuation of what's already being achieved and admired.

"By improving the look and feel of the seafront, we also attract private investment. This next round of investment can further strengthen our seafront's appeal."

The report to the Cabinet meeting on the proposals outlines that, alongside public consultation, local schools will help with ideas for the play area.

 

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L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.

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