Petition: Fighting Gateshead Council’s £1 million Civic Centre makeover

Gateshead Council have already spent hundreds of thousands refurbishing Gateshead Civic Centre and are planning to spend even more on it in the future. Please complete the petition form by clicking here calling on the Council to scrap their plans.

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

Council Budget: Your Views Wanted

This year’s Council budget consultation has begun. Among the proposals for saving £13 million are reduced collections from on street litter bins, the closure of Low Fell’s public toilet and a reduction in opening hours at the Campground recycling centre.

To read more about the Council’s budget proposals for next year, and to give your views, please click here

The consultation closes on 12th January 2018.

Christmas in Low Fell

Low Fell’s Christmas tree and lights ‘switch on’ took place on Wednesday, 29th November. A big thanks for Alfie Joey of BBC Radio Newcastle for hosting and to Craghead Colliery Band and Oak Voices. Also, thank you to the special guests the Metrognomes.

The Low Fell Forum, a voluntary group which organises the event, would like to thank the sponsors who donated to pay for the tree and lights, as well residents who contributed to the funding appeal. The sponsors are:

Andrew Craig Residential Sales and Lettings
Ann Millward Dental Practice
Anne Davidson & Associates
Baltic Windows
Belle Vue Estates
Dean Taxis
Eve Trew School of Dance
Imperial Restaurant
Sarah Mains Estate Agents and Lettings

Also, a big thanks to Fell’s Angels, the Low Fell branch of the Women’s Institute, for the wonderful knitted decorations.

Cllr. Susan Craig, Chair of Low Fell Forum, said ‘‘We are very grateful to all who have donated to ensure Low Fell once again has a Christmas tree and lights. We hope residents enjoyed the event and the tree and lights’’.