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Old February 10th, 2011, 01:15 PM   #61
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Legal row over Jesmond Dene beauty spot
by Kim Carmichael, The Journal, February 10th 2011





A BITTER legal wrangle has broken out between a landowner and walkers at a historic city beauty spot.

Castle Farm has been at the heart of Newcastle’s picturesque Jesmond Dene for centuries. Once used for crop farming and cattle grazing, the site was once a hub of agriculture.

But when property developer Mohammed Ajaib bought the farm and a field south of it in September 2000, he decided on an overhaul. The Tyneside businessman renovated the former Castle farmhouse, creating two plush new properties.

Mr Ajaib, who also owns Newcastle comedy club The Hyena, also built stables and an exercise area for horses.

However, a decade-long dispute over the rest of the land – known locally as Donkey Field – could stop any further building taking place.

The Friends of Jesmond Dene campaigners lodged an application to oppose the plans, officially acknowledging public rights of way across the small meadow, which lies between Jesmond Dene and Paddy Freeman Park.


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Old February 10th, 2011, 01:26 PM   #62
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However, a decade-long dispute over the rest of the land – known locally as Donkey Field – could stop any further building taking place.
I recall viewing the Castle when it was on the market in 1999 and discussing with the City's Planning Officer the difficulties of adapting it for comfortable modern amenities while retaining the listed stonework; it all seemed to be too complicated and expensive!
I'm sure I also recall being told by the Planning Officer (now retired) that there was a presumed right of way through the field. Whilst that wasn't a definitive statement of fact and maybe the word wasn't 'presumed', I'm sure I recall some cautionary statement like which would have been available to the purchaser Mr Ajaib. It beggars belief that neither the Estate Agent nor the Planners repeated that advice to him at the time of purchase.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 03:08 PM   #63
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I recall viewing the Castle when it was on the market in 1999 and discussing with the City's Planning Officer the difficulties of adapting it for comfortable modern amenities while retaining the listed stonework; it all seemed to be too complicated and expensive!
I'm sure I also recall being told by the Planning Officer (now retired) that there was a presumed right of way through the field. Whilst that wasn't a definitive statement of fact and maybe the word wasn't 'presumed', I'm sure I recall some cautionary statement like which would have been available to the purchaser Mr Ajaib. It beggars belief that neither the Estate Agent nor the Planners repeated that advice to him at the time of purchase.
You would have thought that when he bought the land that the right of way would have been picked up by his solicitor as part of the Property Search.

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Old February 11th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #64
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Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but the YHA hostel on Jesmond Road is set to close by the end of this year:

http://www.yha.org.uk/about-yha/pres...-strategy.aspx
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Old February 11th, 2011, 02:02 PM   #65
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Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but the YHA hostel on Jesmond Road is set to close by the end of this year:

http://www.yha.org.uk/about-yha/pres...-strategy.aspx
No great surprise, the YHA are really struggling to match the better, more modern and better value private sector hostels. With Newcastle set to have 4 hostels all in the city centre, I guess they just couldn't compete.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #66
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PS I hear exciting news about the introduction of a new form of transport to the city.... will hopefully provide a further update in a few days!
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Old February 17th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #67
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Drinkers fight to save Shieldfield Social Club
by Rachel Wearmouth, Evening Chronicle
Feb 16 2011

RESIDENTS are banding together to fight plans to bulldoze a much-loved Tyneside social club in order to build student digs.

A shop, bar and enough flats to house 105 students will replace Shieldfield Social Club if plans get the green light from councillors later this year.

Owner Danieli Holdings Ltd, which took on the failing club six months ago, will send the proposal to Newcastle City Council this week but a petition against the development already has the signatures of hundreds of disgruntled residents.

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It's all go in Shieldfield!

The talk locally is that Tesco will take the shop unit in the new development. Meanwhile, Sainsbury have posted a liquor application on the boarded-up unit on the ground floor of the student residential block next to Christ Church (directly opposite the new Northumbria campus).
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Old February 18th, 2011, 12:09 AM   #68
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The waterslide from the Barclays commercial! Excellent!
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Old February 18th, 2011, 12:19 AM   #69
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A chairlift from the Quayside?

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Old February 18th, 2011, 12:24 AM   #70
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I'd love a monorail
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Old February 18th, 2011, 12:40 AM   #71
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You've started something here Greg!!

Hope it's not gonna be a let down . . . !
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New Segway guided tours of Jesmond Dene under active consideration...

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Old February 20th, 2011, 11:09 PM   #73
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Segways, didn't that idea die years ago?
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Being a regular visitor through Jesmond Dene, doesn't that idea defeat the purpose of having a pleasant walk through Jesmond Dene?

Health & Safety of pedestrians?


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Do you mean groups of half a dozen people on Segways being led around by a segway-riding guide? That could in itself become quite a tourist sight!
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My mistake...I didn't realise they made 'off-road Segways'.
Excuse the ignorance but what is a Segway?

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Old February 21st, 2011, 04:25 PM   #77
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The environmentally-friendly, electrically powered Segway Personal Transporter (Segway PT) is a novel and alternative form of personal mobility transportation. The Segway PT can take you places that a car or bicycle can't - including inside many businesses, airports, shopping malls and office buildings. Although they're ideal for short jaunts, Segway PTs can travel as far as 24 miles/38 km on a single battery charge, depending on terrain, payload, and riding style. While a Segway PT is incredibly fun to ride, it is serious transportation designed for today's world.
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Considering they start at a few bob short of £5,000, is this something that the Council should be spending our money on?
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Thanks for the info Steve. Seen these before, didn't know what they were called though.

Hasn't a user been done for riding them on pavements? If so it messes up any plans for Jesmond Dene.

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Ironic? Says it all really...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-11416654
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