EFF has given a £45,000 boost for the regeneration of North Shields fish quay. The money, given to fish processing company Frank Round Ltd, will see them relocate their factory from Clifford’s Fort moat, which will help to bring the historic building back into public view. The Fort dates back from 1676 and is one of the earliest surviving coastal batteries in Britain. The remains of the fort, which are on the English Heritage at risk register, are concealed behind fish processing buildings, including Frank Round Ltd’s existing factory.
The fish quay will move into a larger, high-specification facility owned by North Tyneside Council will bring significant benefits for the company, including enabling them to fulfil orders they’d previously had to turn down as they did not have capacity to work on. Graeme Pickup from Frank Round Ltd said that they are proud to use locally landed fish and to be based on the North Shields fish quay.
The company said that moving into new purpose-equipped facility will be a nice experience. North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Mrs Linda Arkley said that the historic fish quay is a major heritage asset and we are pleased to support this re-location, which is another key step in the regeneration of this area and helps an important local business to continue to develop.
Catherine Murphy, Programme Manager for the EFF scheme in England, told that they have supported the redevelopment of the Western Quay in North Shields through £2 million of EFF funding and I’m pleased we are able to extend support to local businesses too.