Homes bid in trouble

Planners at North Tyneside Council are recommending rejection of a bid for houses and industrial units at Benton Square Industrial Estate.

Planners at North Tyneside Council are recommending rejection of a bid for houses and industrial units at Benton Square Industrial Estate.

The proposal, by NJW Developments, includes 84 homes and a park and ride car park close to the Metro line.

However, councillors, who will decide on the plan on Tuesday, have been warned it is inappropriate to use the land, which had been designated as an employment site, for housing.

Way back when

Film footage showing events in Durham from the last 60 years will be shown as part of local and community history month.

Local film historian David Williams will present the amateur films from 1941 and 1973 at Durham's Clayport Library on May 3, starting at 7.15pm. The event is free but places should be booked in advance on (0191) 386-4003.

At sharp end

Senior staff at Northumberland Tourism will be at the sharp end of the visitor industry next week when they work for some of the businesses they are helping to promote.

Chairman Mike Parker will be checking tickets and working in the gift shop at Alnwick Garden and executive director Giles Ingram will be guiding visitors around Alnwick Castle.

Mr Ingram said: "It is a great opportunity for us all to get away from our desks and get a unique insight into what it is really like to be out there and working at the sharp end of everyday tourism."

School's out

Demolition work at a former South Shields infant school is under way.

Downhill Nursery and Infants, in Dorset Avenue, was one of four schools to move to the Horsley Hill Community Campus, which opened in September.

The empty school building, which was built in 1950, is expected to take eight weeks to knock down.

Climate study

Gateshead Council is helping a major study on how climate change will affect the borough.

The study, which follows research carried out by a consortium led by the Environment Agency and Sustainability North East, will add to understanding of what the likely impacts of climate change will be within the region.

The original study took a detailed look at the likely impact within the River Wear area.

Now the same methods are being rolled out across the region.

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