Beyond shipbuilding and shrinking funds: Where now for Newcastle?
November 4, 2015
The soon to be demolished and removed cranes at what was the Swan Hunters shipyard on the River Tyne. The decline of manufacturing and the impact of public sector cuts are creating a perfect storm in Newcastle’s marginalised areas. Can the city forge a new vision that goes beyond municipalism and industrial growth? As Newcastle was negotiating the sign-off of the region’s £1.5bn devolution deal last month, a group representing civil society and small businesses in the city was planning its own collaborative deal. The fifth ‘Activating Local Alternative Economies’ event took place in Newcastle in mid-October, bringing together representatives from the small business sector, and from community and health organisations and the arts. Devolution will bring much needed funding to the region but the jury is out on how much of that funding will reach into deprived communities and re-build a vision for the region’s … (To read more, subscribe below)