Help us to keep Temple Park for public use
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Temple Park is an open space in South Shields used by local residents, voluntary sports clubs and visitors for leisure & recreation.
The site was gifted to the people of South Shields by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1961. It commemorates their contribution to the war at sea in World War 2.
Currently there are plans to change this and to take the space away from public & free use.
Westoe Rugby Club has plans to build a new private sports centre, which would make the park exclusive to paying members and would take away a huge open space which is currently being used for the public.
We need your support to keep this space open to all of the public, with free use of the site and to stop the loss of the parks in our town.
- South Tyneside Council
The friends of Temple Park group wish to object to the plans for the development on Temple Memorial Park (Reference ST/1127/17/FUL) for the following reasons:
• The land belongs to the people of South Shields as ‘an OPEN space for the use of the public in perpetuity’, gifted from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England. The gift states that ‘It is a condition of the gift that the land should be maintained as an open space for the use of the public in perpetuity and that no buildings should be allowed on it except communal buildings or buildings designed to promote the public’s enjoyment of the land. These buildings (if any) are to be located in King George Road.
The proposed development encloses land, thus preventing it continuing as an open space and the buildings will be for members of the club with only a function room being available for rent for the community.
The proposed development is in Nevinson Avenue, only bordering King George Road.
This land is an open space for the use of the people whereas the development will be a private enterprise where the people of South Shields will have to pay to use their land.
• The land was gifted to ALL the people of South Shields in gratitude for their contribution to the war and is a registered War Memorial. Currently there is free access for ALL the people of South Shields and is open to all sports and recreation activities. The proposed development will only have access for minority sport with fencing around and will be for a minority of South Shields residents whereas currently it is used and there is free access for all the people of South Shields. Although the proposed development will have football, rugby, cricket, tennis and squash the area is already used for football, rugby, walking, running (including organised races), cycling (including organised races), personal training and fitness, sledging, orienteering, kite flying and model aircraft and vehicles. Many of these recreational activities are not organised and demonstrate the free use by the people of South Shields.
• The land is also used by the public for relaxation and to improve their wellbeing. It is well documented and researched that walking is the best treatment for depression and doctors will prescribe exercise as a treatment. Many people use this open space for exercise to help with mental health, thus saving the NHS costs and improving health outcomes of the people of South Shields.
• There will be an increase in the volume of traffic on Nevinson Avenue leading to increased risks to the safety of the people of the area, especially children and the residents of the nearby disability bungalows and of people using the park when crossing the road or trying to use the paths when members access the car park.
• There will be increased noise from the Social Club as well as extra lighting from the floodlights.
• It is an extremely large site that will need much upkeep. The council is already struggling to manage Temple Park Leisure Centre, who will manage this site if the club disbands in the future.
• This is currently a beautiful open space that many people enjoy and take benefit from. Once this land is built on it is lost for ever. We need to respect the land and the conditions of the gift.
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