Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Our Promised Land

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Our Promised Land

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Byline: By Ross Smith

Homeowners are fighting to prevent a rehabilitation unit being built on land they say was promised to them by a local councillor's business.

A healthcare company has applied to use land next to gardens in Kingsway, South Shields, to set up a unit for disabled youngsters.

But people living on the street say the site's previous owner, Philip Parkinson Healthcare, had promised to hand over the former railway sidings for extensions to their gardens.

Philip Parkinson Healthcare Ltd, at the time owned by the Conservative group leader on South Tyneside Council, was given planning permission in October 2003 to develop a residential home for disabled people and to extend the gardens.

The home was built but negotiations with the homeowners broke down in August last year over who would pick up the bill for de-contaminating the land.

Coun Parkinson sold his company five months ago. The land the local people expected to receive was transferred to Minster Pathways who want to use the land, between Tadema Road and Bamburgh Avenue, to build a three-bedroom residential rehab unit. …

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