Gateshead Council’s Budget

Last week Gateshead Council passed their budget. Labour Councillors voted to, amongst other things, cut spending on potholes and pavement repairs, cut mental health provision, and cut street light repairs. Council Tax will rise by 3.99%.

Labour councillors rejected a Lib Dem amendment to invest more in street cleaning which was to be funded by cutting an extra allowance some Labour councillors get, cutting ‘Council News’, and using £1 million from the reserves. Gateshead Council has £13 million in reserves. This is the second year running that Labour Councillors have rejected Lib Dem plans to spend more on street cleaning, despite it being the number 1 issue for residents according to the Council’s own survey.

The budget was passed, with 41 Labour councillors voting for it, and all 12 Lib Dems voting against it.

Council Budget: Your views wanted

With the public consultation on the council’s proposed budget closing on 11th January, make sure you have your say.

Gateshead Council have put forward their proposals for their budget. These include:

Cutting the budget for fixing potholes and pavement repairs by 60%
Getting rid of the pest control service
Ending maintenance of all bowls and football pitches
Cutting the street light repairs budget
Cutting support for voluntary groups
Reviewing whether to cut library opening hours
Cutting support for young people with mental health issues

To learn more about the proposals, and to give your views, visit

Lighting column improvements

The Council is to renew lighting columns in a number of Low Fell streets in 2019. The new columns will be taller order to improve light dispersal. The streets receiving new columns are Arundel Gardens, Beacon Street, Beaconsfield Avenue, Beaconsfield Crescent, Church Road, Clement Street, Cross Keys Lane, Derwent Gardens, Egremont Gardens, Florence Avenue, Grove Road, Harcourt Park, Harcourt Street, Hill Top Gardens, Kellfield Road, Lowrey’s Lane, Melrose Avenue, Primrose Gardens, Rock Grove, Rosslyn Avenue, Villa View, Weathercock Lane and Wilson’s Lane. Work will start in the New Year. Columns will normally remain in their current locations though some will be moved to the rear of the footpath.

Bus stops vandalised

You may have noticed a number of bus stops have been vandalised in Low Fell and Deckham lately. We have been informed that the police have now arrested two individuals in connection with this.