Views wanted on old sports facility

VIEWS are wanted to help shape the future of a former Wallsend sports facility.

North Tyneside Council is keen to progress plans to revive the former Battle Hill Boxing Club and Bowls Pavilion in Bray Close for community and leisure use.

Council officials have been working with partners to look at how the site could be converted into a multi-purpose community facility for users of all ages.

And now they are seeking residents’ views on the plans before moving forward.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “I am committed to enhancing community provision in the Battle Hill area, and the former boxing club and bowls pavilion offers us an excellent opportunity to do this.

“We have already set funding aside to renovate this building into a really versatile community venue, but it is important that residents now have their say on whether they think this will deliver a resource that meets the needs of Battle Hill.”

Battle Hill ward councillor Chris Croft added: “I am delighted that there will be a community venue in Battle Hill and hope that residents take the opportunity to tell the council what services they would like to see in the centre.

“It’s vital residents’ views are taken into consideration to help shape where they live.”

People living in the area are now being asked what they would like to see the multi-purpose facility used for.

Proposals include youth provision, adult learning and sessions for older residents delivered by Age UK.

Two drop-in sessions are being held for residents at Battle Hill Library – on Tuesday, March 22, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm; and Thursday, March 24, from 5pm to 7pm.

Feedback forms for residents are also being distributed in the Battle Hill area from March 14.

Additional forms are available at Battle Hill Library or residents can e-mail their views to