Low Fell Summer Fayre

Low Fell’s Summer Fayre, organised by the Low Fell Forum, will take place on Saturday, 30th June from 12 noon to 4pm in Kells Lane Park. There will be lots of entertainment, many stalls, and refreshments.

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Thank you!

Susan Craig has been re-elected as the Lib Dem Councillor for Low Fell. The results were:

Susan Craig, Liberal Democrat Focus Team 1615 (50.5%)
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 32 (1.0%)
Labour Party 1073 (33.6%)
Green Party 134 (4.2%)
Conservative Party Candidate 341 (10.7%)

Susan said ”Thank you to everyone who took part and voted. We are very grateful to have won and will keep working hard and standing up for Low Fell”.

Lib Dems call for cleaner streets

Are you concerned about litter on streets in Low Fell and the rest of Gateshead? Do you feel not enough is done to keep our pavements clear of rubbish?

We can reveal that Gateshead Council spends less than half, as a proportion of its budget, on street cleaning than the other 4 councils in Tyne and Wear. The proportion of the net budget spent on street cleaning for the following Councils is:

South Tyneside Council – 2.5%
North Tyneside Council – 2.03%
Sunderland Council – 1.84%
Newcastle Council – 1.47%
Gateshead Council – 0.8%

The figures came to light in Freedom of Information requests made by local Lib Dems.

Lib Dem Councillor for Low Fell, Daniel Duggan, said, ‘‘People are angry about the amount of litter on our streets. The officers in Gateshead do their best with it but the Labour-run Council regard it as of little importance.

‘‘Neighbouring councils spend much more on keeping the streets clean. If the number of councillors were cut, more money could be spent on street sweeping.

‘‘Only £14 of a Band D property’s £1,782 Council Tax bill is spent on street cleaning in Gateshead. All councils face tough spending choices so why are other authorities able to tackle street sweeping more successfully?

‘‘Liberal Democrats argue that £250,000 can be saved by cutting the number of councillors and putting the savings into cleaner streets. If you agree with us please sign our petition calling on the Council to cut the number of councillors and put the savings from this into street cleaning by visiting www.cleanerstreets.org.uk’’.

Low Fell Councillor Susan Craig, who leads litter picks in Low Fell, said ‘‘I am proud of Low Fell. As the Council won’t take the issue of cleaner streets seriously, we will continue to organise litter picks in Low Fell. If you can join me and the local Focus Team on a litter pick please call me on 0191 488 0787’’.

Winter gritting

If you come across roads that need gritting, or a grit bin that needs topping up, please contact the Council on 0191 433 7000 or by email at customerservices@gateshead.gov.uk