infobox UK place
country = England
Tyne and Wear
region= North East England
post_town = RYTON
postcode_district = NE40
Greenside is a village located in the extreme west of the Metropolitan County of
Tyne and Wear, England. Once an independent village in County Durhamit became incorporated into Tyne and Wear in 1974 and then the Metropolitan Borough of Gatesheadin 1986.
Greenside is located in the outer west of Gateshead, between the villages of
Crawcrookand High Spenand not far from the small town of Ryton.
It also lies near the old
leadroute that ran from the north Penninesto Tyneside.
ruralin nature, Greenside was built upon coal miningand agriculture. However, it was not until the creation of Greenside colliery, along with nearby collieries of Emma, Clara and Stargate, that Greenside and the surrounding area truly grew in importance and its coal industry became extensive. By the early 20th century Greenside had the largest colliery in the district.
The old wagonways used to transport coal, present in both Greenside and Crawcrook, provide a reminder of the area's importance in the coal trade. Although these wagonways and routes are not used to transport coal anymore, they are maintained as public footpaths, taking walkers around the surrounding countryside.
local government, Greenside is located in the 'Crawcrook, Greenside and Clara Vale ward'. The ward is at the far west of Gateshead and borders part of the Tynedaledistrict of Northumberland. The Crawcrook and Greenside ward is served by three councillors, all Liberal Democrats. Gateshead Council is Labour controlled.
Greenside is located within the parliamentary constituency of Blaydon. Its current MP is Labour's
Greenside also has a popular youth council, who lobbies for better facilities for young people in the area.
After the decline of the coal-industry Greenside has not suffered the great deprivation that many other former mining areas have. One of the least deprived of Gateshead's wards, it is used increasingly as a
commuter villagefor professionals travelling into the more urban areas of Tyneside. Employment is usually in manufacturingand retailindustry, although the Crawcrook and Greenside ward as a whole includes a significant number of Gateshead's managerial-level employees.
Although it is a village that has not suffered the decline that many
provincialvillages have nationally in terms of local services, Greenside offers only a small selection of shops and business. These are enough to meet basic local need on a daily basis. For further groceries and high value white goodsresidents can travel to the MetroCentre, Europe's largest shopping centrearound four miles further into Gateshead, as well as the well developed shopping areas of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
Again, unlike a number of villages, there is an adequate
public transportservice to meet the basic needs of residents. Bus services operate to Crawcrook, Ryton, Blaydon, the MetroCentre and Newcastle. Residents wishing to travel west, passed the county border into Northumberlandand its towns such as Prudhoe, Stocksfield, Corbridgeand Hexhamcan do so on one of a number of Arrivabuses that depart from Crawcrook.
port and Recreation
Greenside has a
cricketteam which includes a number of youngsters, the club also has a range of teams including an U13, U15, U18, 1st team and 2nd team. Greenside Cricket Club is currently part of the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League.
As a result of council funding and community fundraising, Greenside park was redeveloped throughout much of 2006. The tennis court was resurfaced and a new
skate parkwas built. The skatepark has proven to be very popular, both within the village and with people from other areas of Tyneside.
* [http://www.greensidecommunity.co.uk A community website, giving information on the village's history, local transport and activities.]
* [http://www.durhamweb.org.uk/ryton/gree1.htm A website that provides a history of coal mining in the former pit villages of County Durham, including Greenside.]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Greenside&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=28.749334,81.738281&layer=&ie=UTF8&t=k&om=1&z=15&ll=54.95416,-1.779356&spn=0.010153,0.053988 An aerial view of the village, provided by Google Maps.]
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