You will appreciate that many of us voted you into your current post of Regional Mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority and looked forward to seeing the Authority under your leadership succeed in a role that could coordinate a positive promotion of the region in the UK, Europe and the world.
Your campaign emphasised change and improvement in ethical, environmental, and economic policies that would bring fairness and prosperity.
It is our view that due to your work in attempting to bring investment and jobs to the region you should be integral in supporting the inward investment plans of the consortium that has been put together recently to purchase Newcastle United Football Club and it is our understanding that one group within the consortium The Reuben Brothers plan (according to Private Eye) a £200m plus development in the Pilgrim Street and surrounding South-Central area of Newcastle city centre.
This Development could prove to be the first of many investments in the area as the consortium that make up the potential new owners would look to develop relationships with the “movers and shakers” in the region; attracting further development and showcasing the north east as an ambitious region with so much more to offer.
The same article in Private Eye avers that the Northumberland and Newcastle Society have opposed the Pilgrim Street development; feeling that it isn’t in keeping with the Georgian splendour of Newcastle’s architecture... surely you could help here?
As the Reubens are well known supporters of the Tory Party and Boris Johnson, you could provide some political balance...? As a Mayor with a demonstrably successful record in attracting hundreds of jobs you and your Authority should be at the table providing a regional perspective on the opportunities inherent in inward investment.
Obviously these opportunities exist whether or not Newcastle United are part of the Consortium's plan, but if that is what it takes to bring yet more jobs, firms, fairness and prosperity to this region it seems obvious that you and your fellow cabinet members would advocate for successful and engaged owners of a premier league football club on the doorstep.
To date we are aware that only one member of the North of Tyne Combined Authority Cabinet, in their capacity as Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council publicly voiced support for the takeover of Newcastle United by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, PIF, and the intended investment opportunities that they and their fellow consortium members were offering the region as part of their plans.
With a petition signed by over 110,000 people backing the proposed takeover by the PIF/PCP/Reubens consortium there is a perception building that some in the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Cabinet are not interested in three pillars that support the North East economy; long term development, job creation and retention and a successful Premier League football club on Tyneside!
We look forward to an open and positive response from yourself and your fellow Cabinet Members showing a united and positive front from the Authority that we can share with our 22,000+ twitter followers, the regular 6,000+ audience whom we interact with weekly on YouTube, our local press and media and the dozens of other Newcastle United Supporters Groups and influencers who continue to enthusiastically await a successful takeover of the football club and support the Saudi Sovereign Wealth fund and their highly ambitious consortium partners in bringing dreams of long term on field and off field success to Tyneside and the wider region.
Yours in anticipation
NUFC FANS UTD