A couple of days ago I posted on the public meeting to address the issue of the Gypsies Green development.
One method under consideration was to refer the Council to the District Auditor.
Below is the text of a letter which many people are sending under their own names. If you are against the development cut and paste the contents, and send it off as soon as possible.
I shall also post a letter and complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman asking them to look at the matter. Keep checking the site for its publication.
89 Sandyford Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Dear Mr Woolston
RE: SOUTH TYNESIDE COUNCIL BEST CONSIDERATION ON DISPOSAL OF LAND AT GYPSIES GREEN SPORTS STADIUM, GYPSIES GREEN SPORTS GROUND, SEA ROAD, SOUTH SHIELDS, TYNE AND WEAR.
I am writing to you in your capacity as District Auditor for South Tyneside Council.
It is my understanding that South Tyneside Council is to dispose of a parcel of land to enable development to take place on that land. The land in question is known as Gypsies Green Sports Stadium, located at Gypsies Green Sports Ground, Sea Road, South Shields.
It is my belief that the Council has in its deliberation on disposal of this land failed to give full and appropriate consideration to obtaining the best available consideration for the land both in terms of usage and disposal.
It is my view that to obtain best consideration in the disposal of the land the Council must and should have taken into account the value of the land for amenity usage as well as merely its disposal value. The land in question is at present used for sporting, leisure and recreational activity which includes public usage of the land thereby giving the land a high recreational and amenity value. The land also includes a number of facilities, namely a sports stadium, running track, football pitches, changing rooms and car parking.
I would therefore request that you investigate this matter under your various powers to ensure that the South Tyneside Council is in fact obtaining best usage and best consideration for the land in question.