Building Futures East: Bringing resilience to Walker

The neighbourhood of Walker in Newcastle is both unique yet typical of communities under stress across the UK. Like many such places, the solutions to the area’s problems need to be found from within, says Anthony Woods-Waters Walker is one of the region’s most deprived wards but a place that still retains a community strength and cohesion (albeit increasingly strained). It is a place that has not experienced economic vitality and growth since the demise of heavy engineering and shipbuilding in the late 1970s and early 80s. This area of the city has seen significant investment, both public and private, over the past 30 years, primarily along the Walker Riverside industrial area on the north bank of the Tyne. While this development has contributed greatly to the city and the region’s economic output, the benefits of subsequent growth through the location and then expansion of marine offshore and oil and … (To read more, subscribe below)

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Anthony Woods-Waters

Anthony Woods-Waters is chief executive of Building Futures East.

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