infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Longbenton
latitude= 55.00
longitude= -1.57
os_grid_reference= NZ2668
population = Approx 5,000- 10,000
metropolitan_borough= North Tyneside
region= North East England
metropolitan_county = Tyne and Wear
constituency_westminster= North Tyneside
postcode_district = NE12
postcode_area= NE
dial_code= 0191

Longbenton is an incorporated town in North Tyneside, England. It is the site of Longbenton Metro station and is often referred to as a major centre for HM Revenue and Customs, though in fact their entire site of some 12,000 people is not in North Tyneside at all. This is a frequent confusion, because of the regular reference to the site as being called "Longbenton". The HMRC site is fully within the boundaries of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne with which North Tyneside shares a common boundary. The HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs) site is now called 'Benton Park View', Newcastle upon Tyne. However, before the site came under the remit of HMRC, it was referred to by Government as Newcastle Central Office, Longbenton DSS (Department of Social Security) and staff still refer to it as "Longbenton" and "The Ministry". Local bus services still show destination boards as "Longbenton DSS" although technically they should show "HMRC Benton Park View".

Longbenton is usually referred to as the site of Longbenton Community College, although it is technically in Benton.

Nearby places are Killingworth, Forest Hall, Four Lane Ends, West Moor, Heaton and South Gosforth, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

In Benton there is a high school, Longbenton Community College which is also a technology college, St Mary's Catholic Comprehensive School and three primary schools. The three primary schools are Goathland Primary School , Balliol Primary School and St Stephen's Primary School.

There is also a shopping precinct within Longbenton with the following Shops :Longbenton Chinese Take Away,
Balti Hut,
Booze Busters,
MotorWorld and a
Lloyds Chemists

Longbenton Also has the Oxford Centre where there is a Library, Cafe, Citizens Advice Beareu, Learning Centre and Doctors.

Longbenton is also the site of BT's Newcastle call centre.There is a business park located in Longbenten where a Greggs bakery factory as well as two large Sitel call centres are located.

Footballer Peter Beardsley grew up in Longbenton and attended Longbenton High School.

[ [http://www.livelongbenton.info/ Live Longbenton Online - Information and news in Longbenton and a all new history section] ]


External links

* [http://www.longbenton.net/ Visit Longbenton] A major information source for Longbenton.

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