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Local Liberal Democrats work hard all year round for your communities, keeping in touch regularly with residents and dealing with issues and concerns that matter to our communities.
From 19th May Chester-le-Street Railway station will have an extra weekday service to Newcastle. The 2.15pm to Newcastle will operate all throughout the week rather than just Saturdays. Lib Dem County Councillor Craig Martin has been campaigning for improved rail services and welcomes the change.
A newly elected Sunderland councillor has said she is “appalled” to be offered free Empire Theatre tickets and wants freebies for councillors scrapped.
Heather Fagan was elected as Liberal Democrat councillor for Doxford and Tunstall on 2nd May, taking the seat from incumbent Labour councillor Colin English.
In County Durham, figures have come to light showing that there are a large number of dropped kerbs still waiting to be completed by Labour controlled Durham County Council. This leaves those with mobility issues unable to get around.
Chester-le-Street's Area Action Partnership will begin the procurement process to select a significant piece of art for the town centre.
Lib Dem Councillor Craig Martin has expressed serious concerns that public opinion does not support spending almost £50,000 on art.
A Sunderland councillor has claimed residents have “no faith” in social housing provider Gentoo as they launch a plan for upgrades, repairs and new affordable homes in the city.
The criticism came from Lib Dem councillor Stephen O’Brien who was speaking after Sunderland social housing provider Gentoo launched a £417 million plan to improve existing homes and build affordable houses across the city yesterday (13th May).
As Labour prepares to announce their new mayor, Lib Dems have repeated their call for the role to be abolished.
It is planned that Wednesday’s meeting of the City Council will see a new mayor inaugurated to succeed Councillor Lynda Scanlan. The role is largely a ceremonial one: the two principal duties of the mayor are to a) chair meetings of the city council and b) to attend social functions on behalf of the city council. Currently the Mayor can claim a special responsibility allowance (SRA) of £17,205 plus expenses, whilst the Deputy Mayor may also claim a special responsibility allowance of £5735. Under the Council’s scheme of allowances, this money is paid in addition to basic allowance which all councillors may claim.
Following the resignation of Dame Vera Baird as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Police, the Liberal Democrats are calling for the position to be scrapped and for its funding to be diverted to front-line policing.
Lib Dem councillors on Wearside say charges to pick up waste that's too big to fit in wheelie bins has led to a fly-tipping 'epidemic' in parts of Sunderland. The Local Government Association (LGA) represents all local councils across the country.
Wearside Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news issued today (13 May) that Sunderland’s ruling Labour party will scrap controversial all-you-can-eat buffet meals for councillors after full council meetings.
The opposition Liberal Democrats were the first to propose scrapping the meal after Millfield councillor Niall Hodson was first elected in 2016.
It is now very clear that Labour are trying to face both ways on Brexit and cannot be relied upon to support a second referendum. This is a game changer for the forthcoming European elections in the North East and it is likely that the backlash from angry Remainers who feel let down by Labour's leadership on this issue will begin at Thursday's local election.