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Special Status for Boldon Green Spaces

Green open spaces in a South Tyneside village are now protected for future generations to enjoy having been designated Fields in Trust.

The status means that both Disco Field in Boldon Colliery and land at Dipe Lane in West Boldon are prevented from being used for anything other than recreation, sport and play.

South Tyneside Council Cllr Ernest Gibson, ward Cllr’s Joanne Bell, Alison Strike and Fay Cunningham with Field in Trust’s Duncan Peake at Dipe Lane, West Boldon, and residents Barbara Simpson and Christine Walker.

The green spaces are legally protected in perpetuity each through a Deed of Dedication between the Council and the charity Fields in Trust.

Councillor Ernest Gibson, Lead Member for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change at South Tyneside Council, said: “We are delighted that these much-loved spaces have been given Fields in Trust protection.

“Local people are passionate and protective about these areas and have always enjoyed them for leisure. The communities have been instrumental in helping to designate these sites and now this special status means that they will be safeguarded for generations to come.

“Fields in Trust status is of huge benefit for the health and wellbeing of local people and for the environment.”

The project has been championed by local residents, with the support of Boldon Colliery ward members, Cllrs Joanne Bell, Fay Cunningham and Alison Strike.

Disco Fields and the land at Dipe Lane join four other open green spaces in South Tyneside to hold Field in Trust status. These include the playing fields at Oakleigh Gardens in Cleadon, King George V playing fields on Galsworthy Road, King George V playing fields on Lindisfarne Road and Lukes Lane playing fields in Hebburn.

Fields in Trust is a national charity founded in 1925 with the aim of protecting parks and green spaces for future generations.

South Tyneside Council Field in Trust Disco Field, Boldon Colliery

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: “We congratulate South Tyneside Council on legally protecting the Disco Field in Boldon Colliery and the land at Dipe Lane – remaining a crucial and healthy part of the local environment, forever.

“It has been a pleasure to continue joining forces with the Council to expand their protection portfolio further, ensuring these green spaces in South Tyneside remain free and accessible for residents to enjoy.

“We’re proud to be a part of this incredible legacy for the community of South Tyneside, and beyond.”