Newcastle City Council would like to hear ideas from community groups and residents’ organisations regarding the future of a much-loved site – the former Brandling Bowling Green and Pavilions in Brandling Park.

The site, situated at the end of Clayton Road, Jesmond, could be used for business, creative or sporting purposes. Any groups making proposals should highlight how their ideas would benefit the local and wider community.

Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and public health, Cllr Kim McGuinness, said, “This is an exciting opportunity for someone to create something extra special for the local community.”

“The bowling green and pavilions provide a great opportunity for an individual or group to come up with a wonderful idea that will benefit both residents and visitors to Newcastle.”

A shortlist will be made of suitable ideas. Shortlisted bidders will then be asked to produce a plan showing how they think the pavilions and grounds should be redeveloped and refurbished.

There are two occasions on which possible bidders can have a look around the former Brandling Bowling Green and Pavilions: on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 between 4.00 and 5.30 pm, and on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 from 12.00 to 1.00 pm. No booking is required for either slot.

The relevant information and documents for anybody considering making a bid can be downloaded from the ‘Others’ section of the following webpage:

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th July 2018.

Situated in South Jesmond, Brandling Park is a small park which is linked by a lit public underpass to Exhibition Park. Created from land recovered from the Town Moor, Brandling Park was opened in 1878.

The park was named after the Brandling family, an influential Newcastle family whose members have been mayors, MPs, businesspeople and mine owners, and whose history can be traced back 450 years.

(The images in this article show the bowling green and the inside of a pavilion.)

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