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Ryton CG Tabloid Autumn 10 p4

Ryton CG Tabloid Autumn 10 p4

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Page 4 of the Ryton, Crawcrook and Greenside edition of the Gateshead Lib Dem tabloid, Autumn 2010
Page 4 of the Ryton, Crawcrook and Greenside edition of the Gateshead Lib Dem tabloid, Autumn 2010

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Published by: Jonathan Wallace on Jan 26, 2011
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Post Office returns to Crawcrook

Following a long campaign by local residents, the Nisa supermarket on Main Street, Crawcrook, has agreed to host a Post Office Counter.
The new Crawcrook counter is initially for a 12 month trial period. After that a decision will be taken as to whether or not the new counter is financially viable. The message is therefore very clear: “USE IT OR LOSE IT” ! “The Post Office is an important asset for local communities,” said Cllr Derek Anderson. “I am pleased there will be a new counter back in Crawcrook. I am hoping that it will be retained after the 12 month trial period.”

Funding boost for local villages
A “community fund” for each council ward in Gateshead is helping to boost local villages and community activities.
The fund is administered by Gateshead Council but your local councillors can have a strong say over how the money is used. Your local Lib Dem Councillors have been working with local residents and groups to decide which community activities should be supported and which meet the Council’s criteria. We are keen to hear your views so if you are aware of a local project that needs support, please get in touch. Cllr Derek Anderson on the path from Holy Spirit Church which is to have a proper surface added.

Ryton, Crookhill and Stella

Crawcrook and Greenside
Following successful meetings organised bythe Living Streets project in Crawcrook and Greenside, the fund is being used to help various pieces of work with the agreement of all your local councillors. The path across from Holy Spirit Church entrance to the park is to be made up properly . A piece of equipment in the Green Gym that is no longer working is to be replaced by another sturdier item in Crawcrook Park. The two pit tubs proposed by the Greenside Banner Group for Cameron Park and at the Greenside Club are to go ahead, now that planning has been sorted out. New stage curtains for Greenside Community Centre

Councillors Noel and Ione Rippeth meet Vince Cable, Lib Dem Business Secretary in the Coalition Government. Vince has announced he is putting an end to years of Post Office closures that had taken place under Labour.

Coalition ends Labour Post Office closures
Regular readers of Focus may recall that the closure of the former Crawcrook Post Office was in addition to the 5,000 branch closures forced through by the late Labour Government. Crookhill Post Office counter was axed by Labour over as part of their programme of branch closures. We are pleased to report that the Coalition Government has announced that there will be no Post Office closure programmes. £1.5 billion is to be invested in the network to ensure it has a strong future. The announcement was made by Lib Dem Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable MP. Lib Dem campaigner Sally Danys said, “Post Offices fared badly under the last Labour Government. “I am pleased we now have a Government that backs our branch network and is willing to ensure it continues to serve the public.” Lib Dem Euro MP for North East England, Fiona Hall, said, “Many of us fought Labour’s Post Office cuts. “I am delighted the Coalition is investing in the future of branches and has put an end to closure programmes.”

Projects in the ward receiving support include: Ryton Community Library - new notice boards, funding for community projects, and hopefully some garden furniture for the courtyard. Ryton Methodist Church - the church clock has been ‘electrified’ and the chime restored. Ferndene Park - a new aviary . Ryton Willows - work to improve some of the footpaths, new interpretation boards and a small pond. Ryton Community Centre - a contribution towards repointing the boundary walls. Ryton Holy Cross Church - a contribution towards reducing the carbon footprint at the building. Several other smaller projects are being considered by your councillors in both wards.

Village news
Work will soon start to reduce the problems of flooding in the lanes to the rear of Dene Terrace, Ryton, in particular the lower lane. Other such schemes still remain on our list to be considered at a later date depending on funding.

Your Lib Dem Focus Team
Cllr Noel Rippeth, tel 4133920, Cllr Derek Anderson, tel 4136443 Cllr Ione Rippeth, tel 4133920 Cllr Christine McHatton, tel 4144668 Cllr Norman Callender, tel 4134314 Sally Danys, tel 4137825 cllr.nrippeth@gateshead.gov.uk 11 The Ridge, Ryton Fiona HallMEP 55A Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HN, , Tel 0191 383 0119, fiona@fionahallmep.co.uk

The Multi Use Games Area, on the for mer tennis court, is to be Crookhill Primary refurbished. in Crawcrook Park. School has recently Funding from house building been remodelled. The schemes means that we can look changes look absolutely forward to play equipment being installed on the Millennium Green fantastic!! in Greenside in the near future. This just shows what can After a long campaign we can now be done to an old building report that there are to be several new which is part of the items of modern play equipment character of an area. installed on the Burnhills Playground in Greenside. The DSD residents association is planning to take over a piece of land behind Dale View Gardens off the road to Westwood View and tur n it into a community garden. This should provide better security for local Improvements to Stargate Hall, in residents on Horsley Avenue and Westwood View as well as introducing younger residents to the joys and rewards of gardening particular the kitchen area and windows, are to be carried out. under the supervision of older gardeners from the Association.
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We are awaiting the Council’s consultation of residents of South View in Clara Vale about funding of the scheme to prevent flooding. It looks as if this scheme will not be implemented until next financial year. Let’s hope for a flood free winter!

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