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Liberal Democrat Councillors have welcomed the return of Newcastle City Council meetings, bringing forward timely motions addressing unemployment action, support for the Black Lives Matter movement, calls for action on mental health, and the crisis in Hong Kong. Meetings are a vital component of the effective operation of the Council, enabling councillors to hold the Administration to account and to ensure that local priorities and concerns are fully considered. Questions and motions at full Council meetings enable backbench members to engage with Council business and ensure that important matters for the City are recognised by all elected members.
Many of us, myself included, were taken by surprise this morning by an array of cones preventing parking in parking bays and loading bays across the town. Following clarification from County Hall the changes across the county and the reasons for them can be seen here. I remain concerned that changes in some streets will […]
Responding to news from the Government Office of Science that the coronavirus reproduction (R) rate may have risen above 1 in regions of England, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Sunderland City Council Niall Hodson said: "With such a variance in reproduction rate of coronavirus across the UK, we desperately need joined up efforts to deliver an effective test, trace and isolate system.
Newcastle is a city of hope and sanctuary. We have always welcomed people fleeing violence and persecution. Regardless of our party politics we stand together to challenge all forms of racism, Cllr Ali Avaei has said on behalf of Newcastle Liberal Democrats, speaking at the Martin Luther King statue in the city. George Floyd cannot just be another name. As Liberals, we support the movement to bring justice and equality for black communities. Anyone who believes in social justice must stand in solidarity with black communities in the US and around the world. We welcome steps that many organisations in the region, such as Northumbria Police, have taken to root out systematic racism from our institutions. The Black Lives Matters movement will hopefully bring about change, helping us take another positive step in tackling injustice in our societies.
Decisions about new housing estates and other developments in Sunderland won't take into account local people's views because key decision-making meetings will now be held during the day when people are at work. Sunderland City Council's Planning and Highways Committee (East) will be responsible for considering planning applications across the Sunderland area - but Labour councillors chairing the committee have decided that meetings will be held during the daytime at 2pm and not in the evening at the usual 5.30pm slot.
If someone contacts you claiming to be from the NHS track and trace, please remember the following. Contact tracers will never: ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087) ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind […]
Please take 5 minutes to fill in this survey asking your opinions on what the next step of recovery from Coronavirus should look like for our community. Over the last few months it's become clearer than ever that we live in a place with an incredibly active and caring community. We've been so pleased to see people pull together to help others get through a difficult time. The local Lib Dems have been busier than ever trying to make sure people get the support they need and challenging the Council to make sure it helps all its residents. Your responses will help direct our efforts.
An application has been submitted to Sunderland Council for works at a Seaburn building site to be allowed to take place from 8am until 9pm, prompting anger from neighbours and local Lib Dems. Miller Homes have applied to Sunderland City Council to be allowed to work on the site of new homes being built at Seaburn Camp later at night.
Responding to the announcement that Rolls Royce will be cutting 50 jobs from their Washington plant as part of 3,000 job losses across the UK, Washington Lib Dems spokesperson Carlton West said: "We knew that COVID-19 would have a huge impact on jobs and the economy, but that doesn't make it any easier to hear that quality, high-skilled jobs in our town are being axed.
The notorious Hastings Hill subway under the A183 dual carriageway in Sunderland is finally being upgraded after years of complaints from residents - just in time for a new ALDI supermarket opening on 11th June. Upgrade works have begun on infamous underpass beneath the A183 Chester Road.The Hastings Hill subway links the former Dewhirst site at Pennywell with Grindon and Hastings Hill estates on the south side of the road.
A Sunderland City Councillor who campaigned for Council Tax to be suspended during the COVID-19 crisis has welcomed a cut in bills for those who need help. In March Lib Dem councillor for Grindon and Thorney Close Stephen O'Brien called for people in Council Tax bands A-E to be given a 6-month holiday from payments, to help those struggling with the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
Sunderland City Councillors will convene for their first online meeting next month - but there is anger as the public won't be able to have their voice heard. Sunderland City Council is due to hold its first online meeting of all 75 city councillors on 10th June. But opposition Liberal Democrat councillors on Wearside have hit out after they were told that the public wouldn't be able to ask questions as usual.
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