Reassurance over the future of open space

Beaconsfield in 2014 after a circus visited. North Tyneside Council is aiming to improve drainage on the field to prevent similar scenes from happening.

Beaconsfield in 2014 after a circus visited. North Tyneside Council is aiming to improve drainage on the field to prevent similar scenes from happening.

0
Have your say

Council leaders have dismissed fears that a popular open space could be built on.

Questions had been raised over the future of the Beaconsfield, on Tynemouth seafront, after it was included in the draft Local Plan currently out for public consultation.

But officials at North Tyneside Council say they have no plans to build on the space, and are just ensuring its protection from visiting attractions who use it.

Local residents had expressed concern after the site was referred to as ‘Long Sands Temporary Events area’ with improvements to drainage and a power supply, hosting future temporary events for no longer than three months.

Anita Harrison said: “How long before these became permanent. This is an open space – why a power supply?

“The whole point of Beaconsfield is that it is an open space – that is the attraction. Is this just the beginning of the end for this beautiful space?”

A council spokesperson said: “Thanks to the News Guardian for contacting us on this; we have already been able to reassure people at our drop-in events that the Draft Local Plan seeks to safeguard Beaconsfield for open space and prevent the permanent loss of any part of the site.

“The area already occasionally accommodates some temporary events and it’s in support of this existing use that there are proposals for the provision of a power supply and improved drainage.

“We would encourage residents to contact us if they would like to discuss this or any aspect of the Draft Local Plan further.”

For more information about the Draft Local Plan, or if residents would like to talk to someone about any of the proposals, contact the Planning Policy team on (0191) 643 2310, email planning.policy@northtyneside.gov.uk or visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk