We've got a lot going for us, including a rich cultural heritage, spectacular scenery and a strong community spirit.
· South Tyneside covers 64 sq. km and includes the towns of South Shields, Hebburn and Jarrow and the villages of Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn
· The Borough has a population of 153,700 and projections show this could rise to 163,800 by 2031
· South Tyneside sits within the Tyne and Wear conurbation boundaries include the River Tyne and the North Sea
· Our transport links are excellent, and both vehicle tunnels on the New Tyne Crossing opened in December 2011
· We are the lead authority for Newcastle Airport and a major shareholder
· Most of our coastline is protected by international and European environmental designations
· The Venerable Bede was once one of the Borough's residents. St. Paul’s Church in Jarrow and St Peter’s Church in Wearmouth are the centre of the twin anglo-Saxon monastery chosen as the UK's nomination for World Heritage Site status in 2011
· South Tyneside Council administers the Tyne and Wear Pension Fund. There are over 103,000 members and over 100 employers in the fund, and we are responsible for the management of over £4.6 billion of investment assets.
· The latest Index of Deprivation (2010) shows that South Tyneside has improved from 27th most deprived local authority area in England to 52nd (out of 326) however, deprivation and poverty remain real issues for the Borough