Mixed views on rugby club housing plan

The proposed new rugby and cricket club layout
The proposed new rugby and cricket club layout

Plans for a South Tyneside cricket and rugby club to switch venues have been hit for six by some Gazette readers - with others already converted to the idea.

Dozens took to social media to vent their views on a proposal for South Shields and Westoe Club - which also incorporates tennis and squash facilities - to move to pastures new.

Young rugby players at Westoe

Young rugby players at Westoe

The multi-million-pound scheme would see it relocate from its home of 168 years at Wood Terrace to Temple Park, around a mile away and also in South Shields.

In its place, 82 detached homes would be built at a venue where sport has been played since Victorian times.

Of building on Temple Park, Jim Robertson warned on Facebook: “Bit by bit they are selling the park for profit. It was gifted to the people of South Shields as an open space for them to enjoy.”

Anne Shepherd was worried about the environmental impact, saying: “The way jobs are and low wages, not many can afford buying houses. We need field and trees, clean air, not buildings and more traffic.”

On the same note, Sheila Seymour added: “This land belongs to all the people keep it green and plant more trees to help clean our air. You need air, not unaffordable houses or sports grounds.”

Jean Cox questioned the need for luxury homes and for the club to move, saying: “Can they not leave the sports place where it is now and build houses on the other site instead?”

But Ian Heslop was relaxed, saying: “The club is privately owned so they can sell to whoever they wish.

“The money they receive will be used to fund the new development. So, chill yourselves out a bit.”

And Phillip Martin added: “New houses and new sports complex, what is there to complain about?

“The sports complex will hopefully be an incentive for people to keep fit and healthy, the houses will provide an opportunity for people to buy a home.”

David Ord wanted more sports facilities in South Tyneside, saying: “New footy stadium next on the remaining space - the town is starting to at last come alive.

“For God’s sake, stop moaning - these facilities are needed, and the land is going to waste.”

Of Temple Park, Barrie Millett added: “It was gifted for sport and recreational activities. Last time I looked rugby was still a sport.”