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New images of Gateshead quayside arena development

New images have been released of a planned arena complex on Tyneside.

The huge development on Gateshead Quayside will cost £260m and include a 12,000-seat music venue, a conference centre, hotels, and restaurants.

The arena will replace the Utilita Arena in Newcastle and is expected to open in 2023 if it is approved. A planning application is due to be submitted in the autumn.

Impression of Gateshead quayside
Impression of Gateshead quayside
Image of new Gateshead arena

Gateshead Council leader Martin Gannon said: "This development is a catalyst for regional growth within the retail, hotel and leisure sectors."

It is hoped that the development can boost the regional economy by about £30m a year, attract an extra 296,000 visitors to the North East, and create 1,140 new jobs.

Business leaders push back on 'catastrophic' clean air plans

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

It's been claimed plans to impose a toll on motorists in Newcastle City Centre would be "catastrophic" for the local economy.

The business improvement company, NE1, says a new clean air charge proposed for some Tyneside roads risks “major and long-lasting economic damage”.

Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside have been consulting on imposing either a Clean Air Zone in which the highest-polluting vehicles would be charged a daily fee of £12.50 or a £1.70 toll on the three central bridges across the Tyne.

Tyne Bridge, Newcastle

Businesses welcome the environmental benefits but say the council needs time to make improvements to public transport before a toll on cars is imposed.

A spokesperson for the three councils said the proposals were "aimed at making our area cleaner, healthier and a more attractive place to live, work, visit and do business".

Pollution charge survey analysis 'set for July publication'

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

As we told you a few minutes ago more than 19,000 people have responded to a council survey asking for views on a proposed clean air toll on Tyneside.

The government has ordered councils to cut dangerous emissions levels by 2021 and had set Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside a deadline of 12 July to make a decision and submit a final business case to ministers.

A website glitch stopped a consultation too early so Newcastle City Council gave residents and businesses on Tyneside an extra two days to submit opinions on the controversial plans.

CAZ consultations in Leeds and Birmingham attracted 8,744 and 10,392 comments respectively, while 18,126 people responded to the consultation on London’s recently introduced Ultra Low Emission Zone.

The councils say there will now be an independent analysis of the consultation responses, with the results expected to be published in July.

The Tyne Bridge and Quayside

Last chance to have your say on pollution plans

BBC Newcastle

Public consultation over plans to charge drivers for entering parts of Tyneside ends this week.

Gateshead, Newcastle and North Tyneside councils have put forward several options to combat air pollution - including charging vehicles for going over the Tyne or going into certain zones.

Drivers could be charged up to £50 a day to enter the city and town centres.

The local authorities say they've been given until 2021 to meet government clean air targets.

Representatives from Newcastle and Gateshead councils will be taking calls with Alfie and Anna at Breakfast between 09:00 and 10:00 on Monday.

You can get in touch by calling 0800 234 65 65, text 81333 (start your message BBC), or find us on social media @bbcnewcastle.

Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides

Council to provide children with free meals and activities

Gateshead Council will provide free activities and meals to children over the summer break.

The programme, which will include sport, dance, arts, crafts and drama free of charge will benefit from a share of £9.1m government funding.

More than 20 different organisations will provide more than 2,700 places for children across Gateshead.

Colin Huntington, acting strategic director for communities and environment at Gateshead Council, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this funding which will allow us to expand our programme to cover more days and every week of the school holidays.

“This year’s programme will be the largest amount of provision yet with the council recognising how difficult it can be for struggling families to cope throughout the long summer holiday period.”