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Summerhill Bowling Club

As someone who was born round the corner from Summerhill Bowling Club it is great to see the facility saved. The area is a great oasis. The name originates from an Irishman who called the area after Summerhill near Dublin. Is that true?
 

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As someone who was born round the corner from Summerhill Bowling Club it is great to see the facility saved. The area is a great oasis. The name originates from an Irishman who called the area after Summerhill near Dublin. Is that true?
Yes - one Joseph Barber, bookseller of Amen Corner amongst other things.
 

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Great photographs, thanks for sharing - must get down there and see them for myself.
Managed to get down there yesterday but access very much restricted with fences and padlocks.

Certainly some old stonework and buildings down there and managed to get some snaps through the fence.





 

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I,m pleased you found the right one. Looking at the old drawing from 1863 this looks like its part of the leather works but then later on the map shows " marine engine works " Adams and Gibbon " were obviously there quite early on as well. An old boy from work reports that the garage repaired waggons during the war. I can't prove this. I think this building is a lot older than the garage, so may be they bought it from Richardsons. It might even be from a time before the leather works as the other buildings are made from brick. just a thought.
 

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In the last shot i think those chaps are working in the tin shed part and that the wall to the left is the outside of the south facing wall of the old stone building. Note the very large archway.
 

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Newcastle homeless hostel plans criticised
by Robert Weatherall, Evening Chronicle, August 12th 2011


Resident Hazel Brady who is fighting against the homeless facility, Wentworth Court near Rye Hill

A COUNCIL watchdog has heavily criticised civic chiefs over a multi-million pound regeneration scheme.

An investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman into plans for the Westgate and Elswick areas accused Newcastle City Council of a string of failings.

And the Ombudsman’s inquiry has also found that plans to build the controversial Wentworth Court hostel for homeless people will result in increases in crime and “come at a high price for the community”.

The report will be a partial vindication for more than 1,000 residents – headed by community campaigner Hazel Brady – who signed a petition against the hostel being placed in their neighbourhood.

It was Mrs Brady’s complaint which sparked this report, after she accused the council of maladministration in its plans for the Westgate and Elswick areas – specifically in relation to Wentworth Court. The Ombudsman didn’t find any evidence of maladministration – but the report raises criticism on a number of points.

It says council policies lacked any commitment on how improvements would be made.

Goals to improve the areas were also branded as merely ‘aspirational’.

However, the building of the hostel will still go ahead in the area, which has more hostels for homeless and vulnerable people than the rest of the city combined.


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I live in the area of York where a lot of homeless hostels are and drugs services and other than a few dodgy characters at night under the influence it's no massive problem, these services have to go somewhere after all and really they should be located close to other services for these people to access and be able to get back on their feet.
 

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Newcastle City Council under fire over regeneration scheme
by Robert Weatherall, The Journal, August 13th 2011


A MULTI-million pound regeneration scheme has been heavily criticised by a council watchdog. The Local Government Ombudsman has accused Newcastle City Council of failing to have any concrete policies in place which would have policed new developments in a run-down area.

The Ombudsman was asked to investigate the £55m re-development of the Elswick and Westgate area of the city and specifically the decision the allow a hostel for homeless people to be built. The Ombudsman investigated following a complaint from campaigner Hazel Brady whose home is near to Wentworth Court – the new hostel.

The Ombudsman was critical that the city council was undermining its own goals of increasing investment and home ownership in the area by not having additional planning restrictions in place on new developments. The Ombudsman’s report uncovered evidence that crime is likely to increase in some areas of the Elswick and Westgate wards rather than fall because of the lack of concrete policies.

Miss Brady has claimed the report is a vindication of her belief that “the right hand of the council doesn’t know what the left hand is doing”. She said: “Millions and millions of pounds have been invested in this area and families have been encouraged to buy their council homes in the belief that the council was determined to reduce deprivation in the area.


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This involved the relocation of the council's existing Hill Court facility - which was in a very poor condition - from Pitt Street, a few hundred metres away.

The opponents conducted a very hostile campaign against "druggies and paedos", though the centre primarily provides temporary emergency accommodation for people including those affected by domestic violence or homelessness through fire, floods etc.

They also claimed that there were "too many hostels" in the area - but these include refugee and accommodation for adults with learning difficulties which do not experience problems (including some on my street, which is also nearby), and suggested that these were being deliberately put in the area in preference to areas like Gosforth, when in fact there are lots of similar properties in other parts of the city which people generally don't notice because they're low-profile and don't experience problems.
 

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It's also worth noting that the Ombudsman says that they have not completed their report and the Journal story seems to be based on what they've been told by the resident. For my own part I found the Labour leaflet circulated locally on this issue to be a disgrace - it sought to incite fears rather than explain the circumstances responsibly and to consider the interests of those who need emergency homeless accommodation.
 

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The west end has become a dumping ground due to cheap property and a weak council.

There is a bit of land near the grove in gosforth, between what used to be the midland bank and the car phone warehouse.it is currenly in use as a dogs toilet for those who don't think they need to clean up after their dogs.

I suggest this is used as the next site for any bail/alcohol/drug/homeless hostel, spread the responsibility.

But the residents of gosforth would be up in arms, and for some reason their views count much more than those of the west end.
 

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I see that a Planning Application is with Newcastle City Council seeking development of the former Tram Depot Shed just to the West of Newcastle General Hospital on Westgate Road - currently being used as a car wash.

Details @ http://planningapplications.newcastle.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=LHUHPHBSAP000

2011/0567/01/DET | Conversion of vacant 'tram shed' including creation of first floor and erection of extension to Westgate Road elevation to provide two retail units (Class A1) at ground floor with 15
car parking spaces and 48 bed hotel (Class C1) at ground floor and first floors with 33 car parking spaces Relocation of existing car wash facility and amended vehicular/pedestrian accesses as amended by plans and information received 12.07.2011. | Former Reg Vardy Toyota Site, Wingrove Depot And The Newcastle Car Wash Site Westgate Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9JR
Granted Conditionally 15th August 2011 @ http://planningapplications.newcastle.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=LHUHPHBSAP000
 

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