Architects move in

The architects who won a prestigious competition to transform Byker have taken the first steps towards making the designs a reality.

The architects who won a prestigious competition to transform Byker have taken the first steps towards making the designs a reality.

Letts Wheeler Architects won the Byker Design Competition in May - a project to regenerate two sites in the Byker area, St Lawrence Square and South Byker, including the vacant and deteriorating Bolam Coyne.

The team responsible for carrying out the project will be based for two days each week at the Ouseburn Regeneration Centre.

Cash on offer

COMMUNITY groups in Gateshead have until October 2 to apply for up to £1,000 in Gateshead Council grants.

The cash is up for grabs for voluntary or community sector groups, and social enterprises. Some of the groups that have already benefited include Birtley Youth Club, Blaydon Arts Group, Caedmon Choir, Greenside Cricket Club and the Whickham In Bloom Committee. For more details call (0191) 433-2268.

Hobby help

A RANGE of creative activities are taking place at HobbyCraft on the Team Valley Retail World, Gateshead, next month.

From 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 7, a card making and Christmas projects workshop will be held.

On Monday, October 23, from 10am-4pm, an event called Creative Hand Kits Make'n'Take will take place. For more information call 0845 051 6547.

Website boost

SOUTH Tyneside Council's dedicated visitor website - www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk - has been given a big thumbs up from users, 97% of respondents rating it as excellent or good.

Crime talks

POLICE chiefs from Sunderland will attend a public meeting in Springwell on Monday, October 2, to hear residents voice their concerns about local crime.

The city's senior police officer, Chief Superintendent Dave Pryer, will meet residents at Springwell's Village Hall at 6.30pm to discuss plans for the future policing of the area.

Tax accolade

NEW Government figures show that Berwick Borough Council was one of the best performing local authorities in the country last year for collection of council tax.

The council collected 98% of the money owed, 1.3% above the national average. The collection rate for national non-domestic rates was 98.7%.

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