Fryers Millennium Green

The Trustees of Fryers Millennium Green wish to announce that the formalities of the transfer of the Millennium Green was completed on 1st March 2008.

FRYERS MILLENNIUM GREEN

TRANSFERRED TO NORTH TYNESIDE COUNCIL

The Trustees of Fryers Millennium Green wish to announce that the formalities of the transfer of the Millennium Green was completed on 1st March 2008.

The residents will recall that the area had been derelict following the demolition of the properties on the site in 1954. The former Co-Op building and Paddy Mills Shop on Fryers Terrace were also derelict and boarded which conveyed the impression of decay and terminal decline.

The Burradon & Camperdown Forum (“The Forum”) commissioned architects to prepare a scheme to secure funding to develop the land at Fryers Terrace which coincided with the redevelopment of Paddy Mills Shop and Richard Phillips commenced trading from the Co-Op premises.

The Rt Hon Stephen Byers MP officially opened the Millennium Green at an official ceremony on 8th December 2001.

As the area matured it was apparent to the Trustees that the maintenance of the area was a more significant undertaking than initially anticipated. Unfortunately, the residents did not respond to Trustee’s requests for volunteers to assist with the maintenance of the green.

As the Green is located in a strategic position it was essential that it was properly maintained and not be allowed to deteriorate. In the circumstances, we approached Cllr Jim Allan regarding the possibility that North Tyneside Council (“NTC”) would adopt the Millennium Green. At a public meeting held on 2 October 2006 the residents voted to approve a resolution approving the transfer of the green to NTC.

Cllr Allan approached the relevant departments within NTC to facilitate the transfer and approval was obtained during April 2007. Natural England and BIG approved the transfer on 4 July 2007.

The Trustees wish to convey our appreciation to Councillor Allan, Mr N Cathie Head of Valuation, North Tyneside Council and Mrs A Glassey North Tyneside Council’s Legal Department.

Benita Key and Kim Grogan, Natural England were extremely helpful and contributed enormously to the finalisation of the negotiations.

Mr J Devine, Watson Burton Solicitors was the legal advisor to the trust and was able to successfully resolve a range of legal issues to complete the transfer and we are sincerely grateful. We hope the local community will continue to enjoy and respect the amenity and in the event any resident witnesses any inappropriate conduct on the green they will inform Northumbria Police on 2146555.

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