East Boldon Neighbourhood Forum
Referendum result:
1432 votes cast
1362 (95%) in favour of the plan
70 against
Turnout 42% – better than recent local elections

Welcome to our website!

The result of the referendum has been released, 1432 votes were cast, 1362 (95%) in favour of the plan with only 70 against. The turnout was 42% which is better than in recent local elections.

Our Chair, Kirstin Richardson made the following statement on the announcement of the result:

“This is a wonderful result for East Boldon.  The Neighbourhood Plan is built on the wishes of East Boldon residents.The fact that the Plan has now been endorsed in this historic referendum will mean that future development must respect those wishes; it means that the identity and uniqueness of the village will be better safeguarded; and it means that our green spaces that are so much valued today will be protected for our children and grandchildren. 

We are very grateful to East Boldon residents for coming out to vote and giving us their support.  It has always been our intention that the East Boldon Neighbourhood Plan should have the voice of the East Boldon Community at its heart. 

East Boldon Forum is committed to work for its community, and the village we call home.  Our community has spoken and the majority who voted have told us that they support the work we are doing.  This referendum result gives us a convincing mandate to take forward the policies and community actions contained in the Neighbourhood Plan.”

More information about the plan and the referendum is available on this page.

Please see here for information on Community Actions or here for information about the United Reform Church and Hall.

If you have any questions about the Forum or the Neighbourhood Plan please leave a message on the website or send a text to 07726106773. Please remember to provide some contact details.

For a quick overview of the policies in the Plan please see this page or click here to read the full plan.

Statutory information about the referendum is on the Council’s website.

Progress Timeline:

The Forum has been active since 2016. We have created a visual timeline to show the progress which has been achieved since the idea of a Neighbourhood Forum for East Boldon was first suggested in November 2016. Please click to see more details.

We will add more information and links to support each of the items on the timeline as they become available.

Neighbourhood Forums have a legal standing and allow residents to influence (but not prevent) future development in their area. The East Boldon Neighbourhood Forum was designated by South Tyneside Council in January 2018. Since then, the Forum has been working on the development of a Neighbourhood Plan which will be subject to a referendum later in 2021.

Funding, Independence and Membership

The Forum is an independent body mainly funded by Government grants which are specifically available to support the development of Neighbourhood Plans across the country. It does not support and is not linked to or supported by any political party.

It is required to work with interested stakeholders and consequently will continue to work with Council representatives and Councillors to ensure the delivery of a Neighbourhood Plan for East Boldon.

Anyone over the age of 16 who lives, works or is an elected councillor in the Forum area (which includes elements of the Cleadon / East Boldon and West Boldon / Boldon Colliery council wards) is entitled to become a member of the Forum. If you’d like to join the Forum, please complete the application form and we’ll get in touch with you.

A selection of previous posts:

United Reforem Church Hall

United Reform Church Hall

The Church has agreed in principle to close in the face of the significant cost of repairs to the roof. The URC hall has been well used by the community for many years, and its closure would be a great loss to the village. Members were asked for their views on the Forum to approaching the Council with to have the Church registered as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). This would give it protection from development or sale for a six month period in which the community (not the Forum) would be able to raise funds to purchase it. 
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Examiner’s Response to Our Plan

The Examiner has completed her analysis of our plan, please read her comments. We are broadly happy with the outcome, the Examiner has upheld the proposed Settlement Boundary but has unfortunately removed two of our proposed policies.
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May / June 2021 Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who supported the Council’s consultation on the “Submission Draft” of our plan. More details are available here but that’s not all that’s been happening!
Read More

For more details on the Forum please see the About Us or Forum Facts pages.

If you wish to contact us for any reason please leave your details on the Contact Us page.

Forum Officers

All members of the Forum are volunteers from the local community, the current elected Officials are:

Kirstin RichardsonChair
Roy WilburnVice Chair
Dave HutchinsonSecretary
Grahame TobinTreasurer

Photographs courtesy of Phil Payne