Village green status is given to Fusilier Field

A borough field has been registered as a village green.

The application to register The Fusilier Field at Longbenton was made to North Tyneside Council by the local Fusilier Field Action Group, a member of the Open Spaces Society, the national organisation which campaigns for green spaces.

The land, which is largely owned by the council, is grassed and is surrounded by houses, a school, cemetery land and the Fusilier pub, with a variety of access points and walking and cycle path running east to west.

When residents learnt that the council was putting the land up for sale with a view to developing it, they formed the Fusilier Field Act Group and gathered evidence of use in order to register the land as a green, which means it cannot be developed.

Chris Kay, one of the applicants and a member of the action group, said: “We are delighted with this result.

“We all worked hard to achieve it.

“The application process galvanised the community and reflected the interests of the residents in protecting the field for the future, for informal sports and pastimes.”