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Cleadon land row tribunal to be heard next week

Lilian Milne is encouraging people to turn out at the public hearing next week
Lilian Milne is encouraging people to turn out at the public hearing next week

A campaign group is calling on local residents to get behind them as get set to face South Tyneside Council in a land row.

Oakleigh Gardens Community Action Group have been fighting to have playing fields at the Oakleigh Gardens site in Cleadon recognised as a village green.

We are remaining optimistic but not complacent

Lilian Milne

The issue will be the subject of a public inquiry on Tuesday.

If village gree status is granted, it would protect the cricket and football field at the north-west edge of Cleadon from future development.

The land is not thought to be subject to any planning application, but residents say one field was highlighted last year in a council planning strategy document, raising fears it could happen.

Their main claim to village green status is that they have enjoyed free and open access to the site for at least 20 years.

Group representative Lilian Milne said: “We are remaining optimistic. I don’t think people realise how much of a big deal this is.

“It has been a lot of hard work to get all of this together. Now, we need people to come along and show their support at this meeting.”

Posters have gone up in the area, along with council notices, to highlight the date, time and venue of the meeting which is open to all.

The public hearing will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week at South Shields Town Hall from 10am each day.