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A Positive Politics Newsletter from Labour in Dunston, Lobley Hill and Whickham
Unfair funding system favours Tory South
The Council now has to implement a further round of cuts amounting to a further £45 million over the next two years as a direct result of government funding being cut, the increasing costs of caring for adults and vulnerable children and further restrictions on how much we can charge for services. So, Gateshead Council is being forced to consult residents, employees and other groups about where it might be forced to make these unprecedented further savings up to 2016. Many hundreds of local jobs are at risk.
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We’re STILL is n o t a ll i n t h together!
Gateshead Council has already been forced to drastically reduce local services after government grants were cut by around £75 million over four years, resulting in more than 1600 Council jobs lost.
Labour’s energy price freeze
Cost of living crisis in Cameron’s Britain
We have all seen how the cost of living has risen over the last few years while incomes have typically stayed the same or even decreased in some cases. At the same time benefits for people in work have been slashed leaving many hard working families struggling to make ends meet. One of the biggest costs for everyone is the huge costs of gas and electricity with average bills now approaching £1500 a year. Energy bills have increased by well over 30% in just three years. Labour recognises the difficulties families are facing so we have pledged to take on the energy companies following the next General Election in order to secure a fairer system. The first step in this process will be to legislate to force an energy price freeze for 20 months beginning in 2015.
JUST£87 CUT per household
£225 MORE CUTs per household in Gateshead than Windsor in the south
£312 CUT per household
Labour Councillor Allison Chatto said: “These savage government cuts prove that George Osborne’s economic policies are in disarray and that the government is driven by an ideological attack on local government. If our economy is really growing as Cameron, Clegg and Osborne claim, then why are they determined to seriously damage the services ordinary people depend on?” The Council’s budget consultation closes on 17 December and can be accessed at http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/budget as well as in libraries, leisure centres and other council buildings.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority is being forced to consult residents about a proposal which would see the removal of one fire engine from Swalwell Fire Station. To have your say visit www.twfire.co.uk/irmp by 5pm pm Wednesday 1 January 2014.
Dunston’s Glenpark Medical Practice
Our plan to relocate the Glenpark Medical Practice into a brand new building designed to meet the needs of the practice’s many thousands of patients has met an obstacle after NHS budgets have been delayed following this year’s unwanted reorganisation of the NHS. We support the practice, it’s patients and the petition signed by hundreds of residents calling for the new practice to go ahead. We are working with local MPs and the Council to put pressure on NHS decision makers to make this happen. A decision is not expected until January 2014.
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Green Belt Mythbuster
In recent months a great deal of misinformation has been published by some political parties seeking your support. Here are the facts: Why is the Council doing this? • Across the country, councils of all political colours have been forced to consider the release of green belt land for new housing. For example, Liberal Democrat run Eastleigh Council has allowed 1300 new homes to be built on Green Belt land there. • Every local authority is producing a Local Plan for new housing and Gateshead is no exception. Government changes to the planning regime mean that NOT having a plan would result in a building free-for-all, potentially exposing more of the Green Belt to unwanted development. Why so many homes and is it true they are all “executive homes”? • The Government has provided Gateshead with data on future population levels and household types which indicate that we will need to provide for around 11,000 new homes between 2015 and 2030. • Any development would see a mixture of affordable and family homes. Gateshead’s policy is for 15% of new homes to be for affordable rent/part ownership and for 60% of homes to be suitable for families. Why can’t previously used “brownfield” sites be used first? • The Government’s planning framework does not include a presumption for new housing to be on previously developed land, so the Council can’t insist on this. • Developers have told us that they would be able to build around 8,600 homes on brownfield, previously developed land, but this means that some green field sites must be considered if we are to meet the Government’s legislation. • The number of houses to be built on brownfield sites has been reduced because developers have insisted that they would not be able to build in the numbers we would wish to see during the Plan period up to 2030. • If agreed by the Tory Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP, the release of Green Belt land along Whickham Highway would NOT see Dunston and Whickham joined. There would remain around 1km of Green Belt between the two communities.
The £30 billion men
The country’s economy was growing strongly when Labour left office – 1.1% over just three months in the summer of 2010 – yet our economy has flatlined since with almost no growth for the last three years. Chancellor George Osborne and his LibDem friend Nick Clegg may try to claim that the economy is now growing, but it’s their rich city pals in the south who are reaping the rewards, not local people in the north east. The fact is that the widely criticised policies of Nick Clegg and David Cameron have managed to avoid growth of around 6% over the last three years. That equates to a loss to the taxpayer of around £30 billion a year, every year, forever! Labour advocated a more prudent approach in 2010, halving the deficit by using economic growth and some reduced spending while investing in new schools and homes to create jobs. Instead, this government is borrowing £245 billion MORE than planned, further hobbling any future growth in our economy. Ask yourself what the country could be achieving with an extra £30 billion a year to invest.
Wetherspoons in Whickham?
A plan to convert the former Council offices in Whickham into a public house operated by JD Wetherspoon has moved a step closer after several months when nothing seemed to happen. The site was beginning to look a little overgrown so we were able to secure a tidy up at Wetherpoon’s expense over the summer.
Road resurfacing work has been carried out on Mountside Gardens in Dunston, however, a number of other roads in our Ward are in a serious state of disrepair. We have therefore asked that a number of other residential streets can be included in the next schedule of repairs but recognise that the highways maintenance budget has been slashed in recent years as a reult of government cuts.
We have been advised that Wetherspoon has now completed the purchase of the building, which was The ‘Main Event’ never owned by Gateshead Council, and has secured the Temporary traffic lights during the summer caused necessary permissions to allow the site to be converted. disruption for motorists around Whickham, Dunston and Swalwell. They were necessary to New homes on Ede Avenue allow Northumbrian Water and Northern Gas Networks to undertake improvement works to the An area of land which formerly housed garages on Ede Avenue in Dunston is to see the development of pipes which supply our drinking water and gas. two 2-bedroomed flats funded by grants to the The good news is that, once completed, the new developer. pipework will last more than 50 years. We would like to thank residents for their patience while these essential repair works are being carried out.
Gateshead Council has secured backing from the Highways Agency for a £64 million scheme to ease congestion on the western bypass. New lanes open only to local traffic will be added in both directions between the Lobley Hill/Team Valley junction and the A184 Askew Road. Motorists wanting to enter or leave the A1 will still be able to do so but local traffic won’t be forced to use the main A1 in order to travel between central Gateshead, Newcastle and the Team Valley or Lobley Hill. The 18 month improvement scheme is set to begin in 2014. No homes will be demolished as a result of the plans which are made possible by reducing lane widths and reducing the speed limit to 50mph.
How to contact us
Dave Anderson MP
Surgeries: First Saturday of each month in Birtley and Blaydon Birtley Library 9:30–11:00am St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Shibdon Road, Blaydon 11:30am–1:00pm Telephone: 0191 414 2488 ~ Email: email@example.com
Dunston Hill and Whickham East’s local Labour councillors
COUN. YVONNE MCNICOL Tel: 0191 493 2616 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COUN. ALLISON CHATTO Tel: 0191 461 1280 Email: email@example.com
Surgeries: First Saturday of the month Whickham Library, 10:00–11:00am. Holmeside Social Club, Myrtle Avenue, Dunston 11:30am–12:30pm.
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