RESIDENTS of Lobley Hill and Dunston Hill are fighting plans for a big top to be installed by a religious organisation on the site of the Central Nursery in Gateshead.
And local Liberal Democrat Councillor Peter Maughan has taken a stand against the plans which are due to go before Gateshead’s Planning Committee in the near future.
Councillor Maughan has launched a petition against the proposal for the 8000 seat big top which he will present to the Planning Committee when the decision on the application is taken.
The application is by “NE 1” and if granted will see the big top in place for 10 weeks, hosting a weekly gathering of up to 8,000 people.
Councillor Maughan said, “The Central Nursery is used for one off events such as the Summer Flower Show, but these last for only a few days.
“The police and council do everything possible to cut down on congestion, prevent visitor parking in local streets and arrange for additional public transport.
“This application however is for an 8 week period and the impact on neighbouring Lobley Hill, Dunston Hill and High Grove Estate could be very large.
“I have therefore launched the petition so that local residents, many of whom have already been in touch with me, can put their concerns on record.
“When the applicaiton comes before the Planning Committee, I will be speaking against it.”