Updates

Kenton Labour Councillors Stephen Lambert, Ged Bell and Jane Streather have pledged £4,000 to improve Kenton’s environment.

A plan to clear up  stubborn litter hot-spots across Kenton, The Gardens, North Kenton, Kenton Bar, Montagu, Kenton Crescent, Gosforth, Cowgate and nearby Kenton Dene has been agreed.

The programme of environmental improvements, known as ‘’Greening Kenton’’, comes as a result of a ward wide consultation exercise, with eight out of ten residents, making ‘quality of life’’ top of their concerns.

Residents wanted action to clean up litter hotspots, cut back overgrown hedges, neighbourhood litter picks, street planters and the fixing of damaged fencing in kids’ play areas.

Labour Councillor Stephen Lambert said ‘’The environment we live in is irreplaceable. Every resident and local business wants to live in a clean neighbourhood and that’s why we’ve put extra investment to support both the city council, YHN and Kenton School to make Kenton a clean and green place to live in.’’

£4,250 has been awarded by the Kenton Ward Committee to fund the work in 2017 to 2018 with the social enterprise charity, Skills Mill, carrying out works on -

· The 400 yard public footpath between Kenton Bar to Kenton School - to cleared of rubbish, pruning of shrubs and removal of bulky items;

· Kenton Crescent play area to be repainted and fencing replaced;

· Six planters with winter pansies to be installed at Arlington Ave, North Kenton and Kenton Lane shopping precincts.

· A ‘wild flower meadow’ to be seeded on the public green space known as Kenton Dene.

Your Homes Newcastle have also agreed to fund the clear out of copses next to Kenton Dene with a view of installing an extra wild flower meadow between Cowgate and Montagu estates whilst Kenton Academy has pledged to cut back the perimeter fence, prune bushes and carry out student litter picks.

Newcastle City Council’s Enviro Schools Officer will also be visiting four local primary schools (St Cuthberts, Kenton Bar, Mountfield, Wyndham) to help raise environmental awareness amongst pupils.

To support the ‘Greening Kenton’ there will also be a wild flower meadow planted on the old bowling green next to Kenton Park Sports centre while large litter bins have been rolled out across the localities replacing old vandalised ones.

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Kenton Labour work to make Kenton ‘Clean and Green’

Kenton Labour Councillors Stephen Lambert, Ged Bell and Jane Streather have pledged £4,000 to improve Kenton’s environment. A plan to clear up  stubborn litter hot-spots across Kenton, The Gardens, North...

Work continues on the £15million redevelopment of the former Dunblane Crescent flats site. 

The scheme will see a mix of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes as well bungalows, apartments for over 55s and specialised accommodation for adults with autism or learning difficulties.  

Denton Labour Councillors Dan Greenhough, Melissa Davis and Simon Bird met with residents during the consultation to discuss the scheme and continue to work with the developers to raise issues on behalf of residents.

Dan Greenhough commented “The scheme is progressing and it is a good housing mix which is great for the area, especially the additional bungalows and affordable rented apartments for over 55s

 “The scheme is another example of Newcastle Labour securing affordable housing for residents and mixed housing developments across the city”. 

Melissa Davis added “During construction there has been some disruption for residents and we continue to work with Keepmoat and Newcastle City Council to address these issues and minimise the disruption to local residents. If any residents experience problems, please do get in touch." 

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Building for Denton's future

Work continues on the £15million redevelopment of the former Dunblane Crescent flats site.  The scheme will see a mix of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes as well bungalows, apartments for over...

Newcastle Labour would like to thank Kerry Allibhai following her decision to stand down from her role as a Councillor for South Jesmond.

Kerry was elected in May 2015 and has worked hard for residents in South Jesmond during her time as a Councillor, as well as serving on Licensing Committee and Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  Kerry is standing down to focus on her family, raising her two young children, and on her career.

Kerry stated “Having considered my current circumstances, I have decided that it would be unfair to my constituents if I carried on as their elected representative, without being able to give them the time they deserve.  It has been a huge privilege to represent them on the City Council.”

Leader Nick Forbes said,

“Thank you to Kerry for all of her hard work on behalf of residents in South Jesmond and for the roles that she held on Newcastle City Council. Kerry has been a strong campaigner on behalf of residents in South Jesmond and for the Labour Party across Newcastle.

“We wish Kerry and her family all the best for the future.”

An election for the seat will take place in May 2018, when all seats on Newcastle City Council will be up for election

 

Newcastle Labour thank Kerry

Newcastle Labour would like to thank Kerry Allibhai following her decision to stand down from her role as a Councillor for South Jesmond. Kerry was elected in May 2015 and...

Newcastle Labour has criticised the Government’s approach to education and the impact that their policies are having in Newcastle.

On Wednesday 1 November. Newcastle Labour brought forward a motion to Newcastle City Council criticising the Government’s approach to education and the harm it is doing to the life chances of children in Newcastle.

Since 2010, Coalition and Conservative Governments have imposed real terms reductions in funding to schools, removed ring-fenced funding for Surestart centres – leading to over 1200 centres being lost nationally, removed the Educational Maintenance Allowance, and tripled tuition fees – despite the Lib Dems promising to abolish them.

In contrast Newcastle Labour Councillors have

  • Worked with schools to introduce the School Bursary Scheme, to help young people remain in education following the removal of Educational Maintenance Allowance
  •  Supported the North East Holiday Hunger Programme - sponsored by The NE Child Poverty Trust – and which provided food, fun and learning activities for children from low income households during the summer holidays.
  • Campaigned against the Conservatives’ proposal to reintroduce grammar schools, which would have diverted further money from cash-strapped comprehensive schools to a Tory ideologically-led project.  

Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council commented:

“The Tories – supported by the Libs Dems in Coalition – have imposed cuts and policies that harm the life chances of children here in Newcastle.

“It is a disgrace in 2017 that there is an upsurge in foodbank usage during school holidays.

“Policies over the past seven years have removed support for Surestart and Education Maintenance Allowance has been scrapped.

 “These policies and cuts have harmed the life chances for children in Newcastle and the Lib Dems should never be forgiven for their complicity, or their tuition fee betrayal.

“Despite the unfair and disproportionate cuts imposed on Newcastle City Council, Labour Councillors have tried to protect Surestart services, where they are most needed, have introduced the Newcastle School Bursary Scheme and have supported projects to address holiday hunger.

“It is time that the Government reverse their cuts and properly invest in the future of children and young people in Newcastle.”

The Labour Party is committed to introducing a National Education Service, as well as

  • Halting the closures and increasing the amount of money available for Sure Start
  • Providing free school meals for all primary school children, funded by introducing VAT on private school fees 
  • Reducing class sizes 
  • Reintroducing an Educational Maintenance Allowance and maintenance grants for students from low and middle income backgrounds
  • Abolishing university tuition fees for all.

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Labour slams Government’s record on children and young people

Newcastle Labour has criticised the Government’s approach to education and the impact that their policies are having in Newcastle. On Wednesday 1 November. Newcastle Labour brought forward a motion to...

Newcastle Labour’s Living Wage

Newcastle Labour have again provided a much needed boost to the lowest paid staff at Newcastle City Council by increasing the Newcastle Living Wage.

In 2011, Newcastle Labour introduced the Newcastle Living Wage for employees of Newcastle City Council, ensuring all employees on the two lowest pay grades an increase in their pay. 

Despite years of Tory austerity, Newcastle Labour have taken the decision to again increase the Living Wage to try to ensure that council employees can have decent standard of living. The rate been increased this year to £8.45 per hour, benefiting over 1000 employees.

Not only will the increase help employees, but it benefits the wider economy in Newcastle.

Councillor Joyce McCarty, Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council stated “We know that families continue to feel the pinch after years of Tory - and Lib Dem – austerity. We are committed to ensuring a decent standard of living for all council employees.

“Our Newcastle Living Wage is significantly higher than the so called Living Wage introduced by the Government last year and shows the different choices Labour makes in Newcastle compared to the other parties.

“We also continue to work with partners to encourage others to pay the Newcastle Living Wage”. 

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Newcastle Labour’s Living Wage

Newcastle Labour’s Living Wage Newcastle Labour have again provided a much needed boost to the lowest paid staff at Newcastle City Council by increasing the Newcastle Living Wage. In 2011,...

Labour Councillors in Newcastle have supported calls for the lifting of the long standing government policy of public sector pay restraint and backed Unison, the GMB and Unite’s submission to the National Joint Council Pay for 2018. 

For workers in local government; pay and other terms and conditions are determined by a negotiating body; the National Joint Council, which froze pay between 2010-2012, with only 1% increases since then.

As a result, basic pay for local government workers has on average fallen by 21% since 2010.

Newcastle’s Labour Councillors brought forward a motion to City Council on 6 September 2017 which called for a decent pay award for National Joint Council workers and for an end to public sector pay restraint more widely. 

Since 2010, the Tories, supported by the Lib Dems in Government, have slashed Newcastle City Council’s funding by over £600 per household.

Despite this, Labour in Newcastle introduced the Newcastle Living Wage in 2012 to provide those on lower wage rates with a fair and decent rate of pay and are committed to working towards matching the Foundation Living Wage rate.

Newcastle Labour brought forward the motion - passed at Council - which called on the Government to support the claim for a decent pay rise and to ensure that this is properly funded by Government, not further passing the buck onto hard-pressed councils.

Labour Leader of Newcastle Nick Forbes said: “Council staff do a range of vital jobs in our communities – from caring for older and vulnerable people to cleaning our streets. 

"They’re the unsung heroes of our city, but the Tories have turned their backs on them. Their pay has been squeezed and reduced in real terms for nearly 10 years now and I think it’s time they had a decent pay rise. 

"We’re not asking for the moon, just for Government to make the resources available so that their pay can keep up with inflation."

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Newcastle Labour calls for an end to public sector pay restraint

Labour Councillors in Newcastle have supported calls for the lifting of the long standing government policy of public sector pay restraint and backed Unison, the GMB and Unite’s submission to...

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Lemington’s Labour Councillors were pleased to work with the National Citizenship Service and the Headliners charity to bring the Newcastle Scrub Up to Lemington.

Newcastle Scrub Up is run by a team undertaking the National Citizenship Award through the Headliners charity and aims at improving the local environment in Newcastle.

Lemington’s Labour Councillors invited the group to undertake a litter pick in Lemington around Valley View as part of their project to improve the environment. Councillors Kim McGuinness and David Cook met with the group as they were working in Lemington.

Kim said, 'It's wonderful to see such passionate and driven young people taking positive action across our City.

‘They really want to make a difference and of course, want to get invaluable experience for their future.

‘We'd like to thank the volunteers for the time they spent in Lemington. The outcome is incredible, with the team removing 24 bags of rubbish from Valley View.’

As well as working with Headliners, Lamington Councillors continue to support regular community litter picks across the ward all year round. 

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Lemington welcomes Newcastle Scrub Up

Lemington’s Labour Councillors were pleased to work with the National Citizenship Service and the Headliners charity to bring the Newcastle Scrub Up to Lemington. Newcastle Scrub Up is run by...

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South Heaton elects Labour's Clare Penny Evans

On 16 March, residents in South Heaton elected Heaton resident and Labour Party candidate Clare Penny-Evans to represent them on Newcastle City Council.

Clare was elected with 768 votes and now joins John-Paul Stephenson and Denise Jones as a Labour Councillor for South Heaton.

Following the election, Clare thanked all residents for voting.

"Thank you to everyone who voted in the by-election and for those who placed their faith in me. I'm grateful for the support I received and I've really enjoyed speaking to residents throughout the campaign. 

"I now look forward to working alongside John-Paul and Denise to represent all residents across South Heaton".

South Heaton result

Clare Penny-Evans - Labour - 768

Green - 444

Lib Dem - 260

UKIP - 88

Conservative  - 80

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Clare Penny-Evans elected in South Heaton by election

South Heaton elects Labour's Clare Penny Evans On 16 March, residents in South Heaton elected Heaton resident and Labour Party candidate Clare Penny-Evans to represent them on Newcastle City Council. Clare...

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Just over a century ago the first International Women’s Day was a rallying point for action around ordinary women’s struggles for decent pay and conditions, the right to vote and the right to paid work. In that radical, progressive tradition, for 2017, women from Young Labour across the UK will be raising crucial funds for Refuge and taking a stand against the prevalence of domestic violence in the UK today.

International Women’s Day

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Thank you to everyone in Newcastle who voted in the elections on 5th May.

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Fenham Hall Drive Transformed

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Cowgate Roundabout

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Kenton shopping Centre was built along with North Kenton Estate in the 1950s. After a 10 year campaign led by local residents and your Labour Team, the old ‘Arndale Centre’ has been rebranded Kenton Retail. 

New Look Kenton Retail

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The last remaining underpass in Kenton has been transformed into a bright public route that celebrates the history of Cowgate through art. ‘Spearfish’, an arts body, has brightened up the subway, known locally as Windmill subway, as part of the Re-Newcastle £4.3m improvement to Cowgate junction.

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Your Lemington Labour team have been working with various agencies, including Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council, to try to tackle anti-social behaviour, as part of Operation Unity.

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Denton Burn Community Association (DBCA) has a large plot of land at the back of the building that is overgrown with weeds and litter, and it really needs a makeover.

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Newcastle Local Election Manifesto 2018

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Labour Launches Local Election Campaign

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Official: Newcastle Lib Dems Financially Incompetent

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Tory Attack on Housing

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Lib Dem Plot to Scrap Newcastle

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