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Sunniside, Gateshead

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Sunniside is a village in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, which is located around 5.5 miles (9 km) from Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to the creation of the county of Tyne and Wear in 1974, it was part of Whickham Urban District, which in turn formed a part of County Durham.

Sunniside is located in Tyne and Wear
Location within Tyne and Wear
Population8,313 (2011 Census data for Whickham South and Sunniside)
OS grid referenceNZ204590
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNewcastle upon Tyne
Postcode districtNE16
Dialling code0191
FireTyne and Wear
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
List of places
Tyne and Wear
54°55′34″N 1°40′55″W / 54.926°N 1.682°W / 54.926; -1.682

Sunniside has a busy Front Street, with a collection of pubs, shops, and amenities. The village is surrounded mainly by farmland, with plantations of trees to the east, whilst also neighbouring the villages of Byermoor, Marley Hill and Whickham.

The village is mostly housing, with older terraced properties situated near to the shops, and large housing estates built from the 1960s onward radiating from this area. It has a large park to the north of the village, which is located adjacent to Burnthouse Lane.

Nearby attractions to the village include Beamish Museum and Tanfield Railway.


The data below shows that 51.4% of the population in Whickham South and Sunniside are female, which is above the national average (50.8%), as well as being above average within the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead (51.1%).[1][2][3]

A total of 2.6% of the population were from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) group in Whickham South and Sunniside. This figure is significantly lower than that of the average in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead (3.7%), as well as the national average (14.6%).[1][2][3]

Data from the Office for National Statistics found that the average life expectancy in Whickham South and Sunniside is 82.3 years for men, and 86.2 years for women. These statics compare very favourably, when compared to the average life expectancy in the North East of England, of 77.4 and 81.4 years, for men and women respectively.[4]

Car ownership is significantly higher than the average within the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead (63.5%), as well as the national average (74.2%), with a total of 82.2% of households in Whickham South and Sunniside having access to at least one car.[1][2][3]

Demography (data from 2011 Census)
Demographic % of population
Whickham South
and Sunniside
% of population
% of population
Total 8,313 200,214 53,012,456
Male 48.6% 48.9% 49.2%
Female 51.4% 51.1% 50.8%
BAME 2.6% 3.7% 14.6%
Age 65+ 20.7% 17.6% 16.4%


In terms of primary education, students attend the nearby Clover Hill Primary School and Fellside Primary School in Whickham, as well as Sacred Heart Primary School in Byermoor.

Whickham School and Sports College provides secondary education in the area, along with Emmanuel College in Lobley Hill and St. Thomas More Catholic School in Blaydon.


Whickham South and Sunniside is a local council ward in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead. This ward covers an area of around 5.6 square miles (14.5 km2),[5] and has a population of 8,313.[6]

As of September 2020, the ward is served by three councillors: John McClury, Jonathan Charles Wallace and Marilynn Ord.[7]

The village is located within the parliamentary constituency of Gateshead, and is served by Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP), Ian Mearns.[8]

Gateshead Council Local Elections 2019: Whickham South and Sunniside[9]
Candidate Political party Total votes % of votes
Jonathan Charles Wallace  Liberal Democrats  1,917 72.9%
Judith Turner  Labour and Co-operative  479 18.2%
Perry Wilson  Conservative  232 8.8%



The nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport, which is around 10 miles (16 km) away by road. Teesside International Airport and Carlisle Lake District Airport are around 37 and 54 miles (60 and 87 km) by road respectively.


Sunniside is served by eight buses per hour to Newcastle upon Tyne and Stanley, with six buses per hour to Gateshead and three buses per hour to Consett, as well as a half-hourly service to Whickham and Metrocentre.


The nearest National Rail stations are located at MetroCentre and Newcastle.


The main road through the village is the A692, which runs 13.6 miles (21.9 km) from the A68 at Castleside to the A1 at Lobley Hill.


  1. ^ a b c d UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Whickham South and Sunniside (as of 2011) (E05001086)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Gateshead Local Authority (E08000037)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – England Country (E92000001)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Health state life expectancy by 2011 Census wards, England and Wales: 2009 to 2013". Office for National Statistics. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Whickham South and Sunniside Ward Factsheet" (PDF). Gateshead Council. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Census 2011 Ward Factsheet: Whickham South and Sunniside" (PDF). Gateshead Council. 24 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Councillors by Ward". Gateshead Council. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  8. ^ "MPs representing Gateshead (Constituency)". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Local election results 2019: Whickham South and Sunniside". Gateshead Council. Retrieved 24 September 2020.

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