Home

Latest from Newcastle Labour

 new_cllrs_sitting.jpg

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

Thousands of you all across Newcastle supported Labour in the recent elections. Labour made gains on the City Council, winning the seats of Ouseburn and North Jesmond from the Lib Dems. Our Labour Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, was also re-elected. 

Labour works all year round across the whole city, not just at election time. Over the past year we have spoken to thousands of residents, asking your views and making sure we represent you effectively.

Time and again, you told Labour volunteer campaigners how betrayed you felt by the Lib Dems, who voted with the Tories to impose unfair cuts, the Bedroom Tax and a huge increase in student Tuition Fees.

This Tory Government isn’t interested in Newcastle. The Conservatives haven’t had a councillor elected here since 1992! Their unnecessary and damaging austerity programme of cuts continues to hit families in our city hard. Only Labour is a strong and effective voice for our city, standing up for our communities and holding the Government to account for the decisions they have made.

Through these tough times, we aim to protect those in our communities who are likely to be severely affected by these cuts, and will continue to invest in making Newcastle a great place to live and work. This includes building new houses, installing new cycle routes, protecting our parks and green spaces, upgrading roads and pavements, installing super-fast broadband and making our city centre more welcoming and attractive. 

Council Leader Nick Forbes said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who showed their support for Labour in these elections. Unlike the other parties, we don’t take your vote for granted.

“Our hardworking teams of Labour councillors and volunteers are active across the city all year round. We also send regular newsletters updating you on our work and campaigning in the city.

“We will continue to listen to your ideas for improving council services and work with you to make things better in Newcastle. If you’ve got a problem or suggestion to make, please get in touch with the local Labour team in your area and we’ll do what we can to help.” 

Thank You for Voting Labour

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

fenham.jpg

The Fenham DIY streets project works closely with local communities to help them redesign their neighbourhood affordably.  Their work puts people at the heart of the neighbourhood and makes the area safer, more attractive, and more suitable for walking and cycling.

Your local Labour councillors have been working closely with Sustrans, Newcastle University and the community around Fenham Hall Drive to hear your ideas about how we can improve the space between Fenham Library and Fenham Pool.

In response to your suggestions, during the first weekend in October this space was temporarily transformed into an area to be enjoyed by all.  This transformation provided a place for children to play, somewhere for residents to sit and chat with their neighbours, as well as creating a pop-up café that provides refreshments.

All these ideas came from residents, who told us that they see this space as a potential community hub.  Many enthusiastic residents have come forward to work with us to make this a reality. Among the changes, you may have noticed the addition of fantastic planting boxes – these were the work of volunteers.

The event involved a large number of residents in the project and demonstrated the great potential this space has for use by the community.  We received fantastic feedback and suggestions on ways we could develop the project in the future. Given the overall enthusiasm and the fun that people had over the October weekend, we are working closely with residents, Fenham Pool, Your Homes Newcastle, Fenham Library, New Model Allotments and Sacred Heart School to produce a master plan for the space. This is likely to include a safer route across Fenham Hall Drive, but this will be subject to consultation. We look forward to talking with you more about this so we can be sure local residents are fully engaged with this transformation.

Cllr Marion Talbot said, ‘it was great to be able to speak to so many residents over the weekend and listen to their ideas for improving the space.’

 

Fenham Hall Drive Transformed

The Fenham DIY streets project works closely with local communities to help them redesign their neighbourhood affordably.  Their work puts people at the heart of the neighbourhood and makes the...

cowgate1.jpg

You told us at Newcastle Labour that because of the high level of vandalism and anti-social behaviour near Cowgate Roundabout, many pedestrians were avoiding the tunnels and instead were attempting to cross the busy Ponteland Road.

What we’re doing is providing new traffic signals and controlled pedestrian crossings to provide alternative routes to cross Stamfordham and Ponteland Roads.

Labour Cllr Ged Bell said: “This is a key milestone in removing the old roundabout to allow us to build this new junction. I’m pleased to see the old subway go, as many residents felt unsafe using it, and it made it harder to get around the area. This new level junction will certainly make it better, safer and easier for everyone to get around.

“Using polystyrene blocks is a quick, effective and sustainable way to infill this huge area. It also means that we keep all lanes moving during this crucial stage as engineers can work in the bowl of the roundabout without impacting on traffic – which underpins our commitment to keep disruption to a minimum.’’ Ged said.

“It won’t be long now until we have a safe and efficient junction that benefits pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transport users – which will help keep our city moving,’’ he added.

The improvements to Cowgate roundabout are part of the Council’s ‘Re-Newcastle’ programme of transport works to invest over £60m in Newcastle’s highways. The cash has been granted after long negotiations and bidding, and has to be used on specific highways projects like this one.

Cowgate Roundabout

You told us at Newcastle Labour that because of the high level of vandalism and anti-social behaviour near Cowgate Roundabout, many pedestrians were avoiding the tunnels and instead were attempting...


View More News

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.