The Development of Green Fields
The top video is a warning is about serious flooding; flooding which will be exacerbated if there is further house building.
Property development will destroy a vital public amenity at Murton Gap; a large green area which feels semi-rural. The public could lose a vital environmental resource which is fundamental to their quality of life. It is the quality of the physical environment which sets Tyneside apart from London. If Tyneside's environment is degraded then it may struggle to retain some of its population.
It is also a concern that the development of housing could lead to an oversupply of properties and help reduce prices in inner city areas. The Murton Gap development could affect the residential property in the area between North Shields to Wallsend.
The house builders claim that that there is a need for affordable housing. However, it is possible to buy a two bedroom property for £50,000 in North Tyneside. Affordable housing is already available and so there is little justification for building more properties. The problem in North Tyneside is a lack of income rather than a lack of available property. Finally, local politicians on Tyneside seem unable or unwilling to protect Tyneside's natural environment. If environmental protection is not forthcoming then many people will choose to leave Newcastle and North Tyneside.
Open Cast Mining in South East Northumberland
There is also the potential for opencast coal mining in South East Northumberland which could discourage people from living in the wider area.
There is a legacy of demolishing housing on Tyneside. A particular loss was the housing around what is now Northumbria University in Newcastle. This is a legacy which dates back to the time of former Newcastle politician T Dan Smith.
Developers have been building on green field sites when houses have been demolished, particularly, in the East and the West end of Newcastle. Housing in inner-city areas has been wrongly dismissed as slum property. Strategies are needed to support relatively deprived locations, perhaps, through subsidies for cheaper housing and transport. Bus fares could be reduced to very low levels. Such a policy should be pursued in preference to demolition. Towns in North Tyneside do not need to be 'forgotten' but can be re-generated (see the bottom video).
The Closure of Spanish City in Whitley Bay
The closure of the Spanish City theme park represented the loss of an important leisure amenity to Tyneside. The decline of hotels in Whitley Bay can be partly explained by the loss of Spanish City. South Tyneside has taken a more proactive and positive approach to maintaining South Shields' role as a traditional holiday resort.
The Killing of Newcastle and Whitley Bay
Too Late to Guide the Invisible Hand (from the top video)
Adam Smith’s invisible hand theory suggests that market forces can reach a balanced state or equilibrium. However, Richard Douthwaite’s book the ‘Growth Illusion’ talks about ‘guiding the invisible hand’ (chapter 16). There is a need to rectify market failures where there is harmful economic growth. The ‘killing of the land’ is based on ‘The Killing of the Countryside’ by Graham Harvey.
Whitley Bay - Forgotten Town - Desktop Version
Whitley Bay - Forgotten Town - Tablet Version