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’’.

Remembrance Service

As usual Low Fell’s Remembrance Service will take place on November 11th, rather than the nearest Sunday. This year it falls on a Saturday and we will be assembling at 10.30am at the Boer War Memorial on Durham Road. Please join us.

Low Fell Post Office Update

In the Summer, we reported that the Post Office at McColl’s, and McColl’s, on Durham Road was closing in October. Sadly, this has now happened. Post Office Ltd do not have a new site for a post office but one business has shown an interest in having a post office on their premises.

However, Post Office Ltd have said that even if this successfully proceeds it is ‘‘highly unlikely’’ that it will be available in time. They are looking into the possibility of a temporary mobile post office in Low Fell until a more permanent one can start up.

Unfortunately, Gateshead Council has rejected their request to use Lowrey’s Lane car park or Cross Keys Lane car park for the temporary mobile post office.

Local Councillors Ron Beadle, Susan Craig and Daniel Duggan have asked the Council to reconsider, and the Post Office is continuing to look for other possible temporary sites.

Cllr. Ron Beadle said ‘‘We will continue to raise these issues with Post Office Ltd and the Council and will keep residents informed in future editions of ‘Focus’.

‘‘We would like to thank the hundreds of local people who completed and returned our survey about the post office. We have used the hundreds of survey forms to show Post Office Ltd and the Council how valued our Post Office is here in Low Fell.

‘‘Post Office Ltd have agreed that keeping a post office in Low Fell is one of their priorities’’.

The Post Office have also written to us and have told us that anyone who might be interested in having a post office on their premises should phone 0845 601 6260.

The nearest remaining post offices are:

Lyndhurst Post Office, 29 Wetheral Gardens, Gateshead

Saltwell Road Post Office, 66 Saltwell Road, Gateshead

Please share this information with anyone who you think might be interested.