The Gazette’s web site is reporting the fact that the proposed hotel development on the site of Gypsies Green Stadium will go before South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee in May of this year, just after the regional elections. The developers hope to start work in 2009 at the latest. I think it is safe to say that we are now on the final run in to save the Stadium and surrounding area from the clutches of Tavistock Leisure.
The Save Our Seafront Association has been at the forefront of the public campaign to protect the Borough’s heritage from overtly commercial interests. They have amassed over 10,000 signatures from public members who do not wish to see the Stadium disappear. They have fielded questions directly to Councillors and have proved that the Cabinet etc, have not even considered or looked for alternative funding for the redevelopment of the site as a athletics centre.
Their campaign now enters a new stage, with legal action and high profile demonstrations all planned for the next few months.
The Councils report on the matter will go before the Regeneration and Resources Scrutiny Committee on 26 February 2008 at 10.00 a.m. (Town Hall). I would urge all those who are against this project to attend.
Follow the link below to view the report.
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