Live updates

Community farm saved from closure

A community farm in Gateshead has been saved from closure.

Bill Quay Farm in Pelaw was originally facing closure due to cuts in government funding.

However, councillors instead agreed to defer their decision on the farm's future to allow its management time to develop a business plan to keep the farm open.

Gateshead Council today announced that it was happy that a way has been found for the farm to be run without its financial support.

The responsibility for operating the Bill Quay Community Farm has now been transferred from the council to the Bill Quay Community Farm Association.