A profile of North Tyneside
North Tyneside is located on the North East Coast. Its geographical make-up ranges from the eastern costal areas (around Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth), to southern towns (North Shields and Wallsend) and agricultural northern areas (such as Backworth and Earsdon).1 Many of our communities developed as a result of the industrial revolution and access to the river, allowing shipbuilding, fishing and coalmining.1
Between 2001 and 2008, the estimated population of North Tyneside increased by almost 3% to 197,300.1 In future this is projected to increase to 203,400 by 2013 and 224,600 by 2030.1 By 2030 the number of residents over the age of 65 years is expected to increase by 51% and the number of residents over the age of 85 years by 107%, as people are living longer.1
The population of North Tyneside is also becoming increasingly diverse.2 Black and Ethnic Minority Communities account for 5.9% of our total population and this has almost doubled since 2001. Almost one in 4 (24%) of the borough’s residents have a disability and this is likely to increase as a result of the ageing population.
Forty eight thousand residents in North Tyneside live in areas described as amongst the 20% most deprived in the country, with deprivation tending to be concentrated in particular neighbourhoods. Progress has however been made in recent years and although the borough continues to face a number of challenges, the most recent Resident’s Survey (2010) suggests that 94% of residents feel happy living in North Tyneside.1
The JSNA aims to outline some of these challenges and the priorities that need to be addressed to ensure that our residents remain happy, healthy, safe and able to achieve their full potential in a place of opportunity and prosperity.1