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Newcastle’s global hub for urban innovation enters next phase in development

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:47:34 +0000

Rise of the Helix

Newcastle’s global hub for urban innovation enters next phase in development

A new round of construction and investment is underway for Science Central, the UK’s biggest urban development site outside London and an internationally-renowned innovation centre for sustainable engineering, ageing and data sciences

Refuse collection vehicles promote the importance of recycling

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:43:10 +0000

One of the most commonly asked questions we receive from residents about Newcastle’s refuse collections is “what items can be put into the Council’s recycling bins?”

In response the City Council has produced two new information signs to be displayed on the side of thirty-five vehicles from the Council’s refuse collection fleet.  The banners visually answer those common recycling myths.

Newcastle East End Football Club helps to kick litter into touch

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:16:22 +0000

One of Newcastle’s leading grassroots football clubs is helping to raise awareness of the importance of respecting and cleaning up our local community.

Missed bin collection arrangements update 15 March

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:42:36 +0000

There were 90,000 missed collections due to extreme weather conditions. Priority was given to the collection of missed green bins because of the decaying content.

All missed general waste collections (45,668) have now been collected, any outstanding green bins are because refuse collection crews could not access individual bins. Over 120 tonnes of additional general waste, over and above the normal tonnage we would collect, has been presented for removal and has been collected.

The focus is now on normal planned collections, particularly recycling where there is a backlog.

Council acts on report

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:41:06 +0000

A North council announced a series of initiatives today (Thurs 15 March 2018) in response to a ground-breaking report which sets out how Newcastle can reduce its waste mountain.

Newcastle City Council is to ban plastics straws and switch to compostable coffee cups in its offices as part of its response to a report by the Newcastle Waste Commission.

Some pubs and clubs in Newcastle have come out in support of a voluntary ban on plastic straws replacing them with paper straws.

Free cycle training in the Easter holidays

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:59:04 +0000

Never had the opportunity to learn to ride a bike? Do you want to improve your cycling confidence on or off road? Do you want to be able to cycle as a family? There’s a training session for you!

Due to the increasing popularity of our school holiday events, Newcastle City Council Road Safety will be holding six days of free cycle training at The Cycle Hub, Newcastle Quayside.

The two hour training sessions will be available to children and adults from 8 years who study, live or work in Newcastle upon Tyne - and it’s free!

England's first 'Moss Tree' to tackle city centre pollution

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:04:48 +0000

England’s first pollution-busting “moss tree” has been installed in Newcastle, where it will purify air in the city centre and create opportunities for research into the benefits of the plants’ natural filtering abilities.

Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) has been working on the plans since July 2017, when it held its first ever NWG Innovation Festival, working with a range of partners to identify ways it can tackle a wide range of social and environmental problems.

Activities for over 50's

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:11:16 +0000

Do you want to improve your health, meet new people and have fun?

The Greyscheme could be just for you.

There are five sessions a week, all abilities are welcome and there really is something for everyone. The classes have a variety of different activities including chair based exercises, circuits, strength, balance & cardio vascular training and of course the chance for a cuppa and a chat.

Council’s fly-tipping campaign claims two further convictions

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:36:21 +0000

Residents and visitors to Newcastle who think it’s acceptable to fly-tip in the city have been dealt another blow by the City Council’s enforcement campaign, which has this month managed to successfully convict two further offenders both in the Lemington ward of Newcastle.

The prioritisation of fly-tipping and environmental crime has been rewarded as for the fourth year running the City Council has carried out the second highest number of prosecutions for waste crime, nationally.

Keeping new drivers safe behind the wheel

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:44:55 +0000

A campaign to help keep new and learner drivers safe on the roads has launched in Newcastle.

The scheme is aimed at reducing the numbers of collisions involving young drivers and their passengers by making sure they have the right guidance and practical advice.

Thousands of free information guides will be made available at practical driving test centres across the city and further support materials will be available at theory test centres.

Waverley Crescent Consultation

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:33:26 +0000

Come along to the consultation about proposals for the land at Waverley Crescent, Lemington. 

See flyer for more information.

Kenton Bright Ideas Fund

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:48:21 +0000

Do you have a bright idea and need up to £1000 to make it happen?

Kenton Bright Ideas Fund could be for you. See our flyer for more details.

Danish Delegation Discover Dementia Friendly Services

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:41:23 +0000

Staff from Newcastle City Council, along with partners from across the city who are working to support people living with Dementia, recently welcomed a group of health and social care specialists from Frederiksberg, Denmark.

The delegation of five staff came to learn about the city’s approach to becoming a Dementia Friendly City, with a specific focus on the work of Tyneside Cinema and the Jesmond Dementia Friendly Communities group.

Missed bin collection arrangements due to adverse weather conditions

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:16:50 +0000

Due to the adverse weather conditions last week, bin collections were disrupted. We have 90,000 missed bin collections and will be prioritising general waste.

Great Exhibition of the North programme revealed

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:37:51 +0000

The 80-day Exhibition, which takes place between 22 June – 9 September 2018 across NewcastleGateshead, celebrates great art and culture, design and innovation from across the North.

A Great Northern Soundtrack curated by broadcaster, Lauren Laverne; the return of Stephenson’s Rocket, complete with virtual reality experience; and a new solo exhibition from Turner Prize 2017 winner, Lubaina Himid, are just some of the highlights of Great Exhibition of the North, which today (27 February) unveiled its 80-day programme.

Stay well and stock up as Siberian weather arrives

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:41:26 +0000

Published on behalf of NHS England - 

The NHS is urging people across the North East and North Cumbria to take care of themselves and their neighbours as freezing weather blows in this week. 

Cold weather can be very harmful to health and around 25,000 more people die over the course of each winter compared with other times of the year.

Exposure to cold indoor or outdoor temperatures increases blood pressure, thereby increasing the risk of heart failure, kidney disease, stroke or dementia.

Joint Serious Case Review into sexual exploitation published

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:03:49 +0000

Victims of sexual exploitation in Newcastle received effective protection, support and help once the true scale of the problem had been uncovered, says a report out today (Friday, Feb 23).

Large numbers of victims were identified, supported and protected. The high quality of services they receive has attracted national recognition.

As soon as the scale of the problem was known, the response from Newcastle City Council with its partners “was swift, determined and committed.” Perpetrators were arrested, charged and have received lengthy prison sentences.

All aboard the City Library's Gaming Express!

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:12:05 +0000

In this day and age of fast-paced electronic gaming, the more traditional board games are making a welcomed come back with a little help from Newcastle Libraries Service.

After the success of International Gaming Week at the end of last year, the staff at Newcastle Libraries wanted to build on that momentum and create homage to the board game.

Council tax could rise by 3 per cent

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:46:51 +0000

Councillors in Newcastle have approved a draft budget and council tax rise of 3 per cent at a Cabinet meeting today (Mon 19 February 2018).

The £13m of cuts will now be implemented subject to agreement by full council on 7 March 2018.

The cash-strapped authority will also increase the Government’s precept used to pay for adult social care by two per cent, making a total tax rise of just under 5 per cent.

The latest cuts mean the city will have lost £284m by 2020.

Newcastle Good Food Plan a recipe for a healthier city

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:39:05 +0000

A Newcastle-wide food initiative has been launched that will put the people of the city on the path to a healthier future.

The Newcastle Good Food Plan is a major step forward in building a stronger, more sustainable and diverse nutritional culture for the city’s 300,000 residents.

The plan sets out the framework for developing a robust and healthier local food economy as well as improving access to more environmentally friendly and wholesome ingredients.

This will be achieved through:

Council tax could rise by 3 per cent

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:17:48 +0000

Newcastle City Council proposes to raise council tax by 3 per cent next year as it is forced to save £13m.

The cash-strapped authority will also increase the Government’s precept used to pay for adult social care by two per cent, making a total tax rise of just under 5 per cent.

The latest cuts mean the city will have lost £284m by 2020.

Despite the cuts, the council will spend £1m it set aside last year to pay for environmental improvements.

Massive city clean up launched

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:21:15 +0000

Newcastle City Council today (Monday 12 February 2018) announced a major clean-up of the city.

The authority has declared war on dirt, grime and litter as it launched a spring clean of the city with newly formed clean up teams.

A war chest of £1m will be used to sweep the streets, pick up litter, remove dog mess, erase graffiti and cutback overgrown shrubbery. New posters will appear on litter bins and livery on council vehicles.

City Council continues campaign against fly-tippers with successful conviction

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:35:35 +0000

A recent conviction shows Newcastle City Council’s continued commitment for bringing fly-tipping perpetrators to justice. 

John William Burke, aged 31, of Inchcliffe Crescent in Newcastle was sentenced at North Northumbria Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to fly-tipping in the city.

Burke has been ordered to deliver 200 hours unpaid work, which is being reduced due to an early guilty plea, and ordered to pay £1,052.18 (which is £400 compensation to the landowner and £652.18 prosecution costs).

£3.3m fund to help tackle air pollution announced

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:46:05 +0000

A £3.3m project to improve air quality by cutting harmful emissions from buses has today been given the green light.

The scheme will see 191 buses operating on 20 routes in Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside fitted with new engine technology which significantly reduces levels of pollutants.

It means both passengers, other road users and communities along the affected routes will benefit from cleaner air.

Funding for the project was announced this morning at the UK Bus Summit in London.

Self-Employment Discovery Workshop - 8 February 2018

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:58:02 +0000


Views sought on transformation plans for Newcastle city centre’s retail heart

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:19:20 +0000


Views are being sought on major investment plans to transform Newcastle city centre’s retail core into a world-class shopping and leisure destination.

February brings lots to enjoy in Walker Park ...

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:23:27 +0000

There's plenty to do in Walker Park this month. This includes:

Half Terms Activities

12 February - Pop-up Planetarium, your chance to see the stars, with showings at 11am, 12noon and 2:30pm

13 February - Family Fun Day, including pancake making, dancing, arts and crafts, mobile bike track

14 February - Family Games, in and around the multi-use play area (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

New Walking Group

Weekly walking session, enjoying the park. Fridays. 10.30am - 11.30am, meet outside the cafe

Lord Mayor's Design Awards

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 17:19:25 +0000

On Tuesday 30th January the Lord Mayor’s Design Awards were hosted at the Mansion House in Jesmond.

The Lord Mayor's Design Awards have been running since 1994. The aim is to encourage, promote and publicise the best in architecture and environmental design, and to help improve the built environment. Awards are given to outstanding projects in the fields of architecture, planning, environmental, urban and landscape design. 

Join the call for a £60bn investment across the north

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 10:07:31 +0000

Residents, businesses and everyone across the North East can join the call for better road and rail networks in a major consultation exercise.

Transport for the North has begun a thirteen-week consultation on its Strategic Transport Plan for the North, inviting everybody’s views at events in Durham on Monday 5 February, Sunderland on Tuesday 6, and Newcastle on Wednesday 7 February.

No time to waste…

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:31:41 +0000

A new report that sets out how Newcastle could become a world leader in waste reduction was unveiled today (Thurs Feb 1).

The 50-page publication entitled No Time to Waste is packed with ideas and actions to dramatically cut the amount of waste we produce.

The city collects 142,000 tonnes of it every year – that’s enough to fill St James Park entirely every three years and it’s becoming increasingly costly to process.  When business and industrial waste is added this figure is much higher. 

Foreign Cigarettes Seized

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:56:55 +0000

Foreign cigarettes and alcohol worth thousands of pounds have been seized by Newcastle City Council’s trading standards team. 

Officers acting on a tip off swooped on a parked car and discovered 17,000 cigarettes and 74 bottles of bootleg alcohol.

Investigations are now underway to determine the source of the items as the team continue to crack down on illegal and potentially harmful goods being made available in the city. 

Council shines in Stonewall top 10

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:39:57 +0000

Newcastle City Council has been ranked as one of the best employers in the country for its commitment to equality and diversity according to Stonewall, the national LGBT (lesbian, gay and bisexual and Transgender) charity. 

The Council has been placed 9th in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2018 which is a leap of 29 places from last year. The free to enter index looks at how employers support their LGBT staff in the workplace and ranks the best top 100.

Kenton Bright Ideas Project

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:01:16 +0000

Some great ideas have been suggested for the use of the Kenton Bright Ideas Fund. 

Read more information here.

International Women's Day in Newcastle - The Women's 100

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:29:30 +0000

A century of women’s activism and voice in Newcastle

Over-running gas works delays re-opening of Killingworth Road (A189)

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:05:03 +0000

Newcastle City Council are advising motorists of a delay to the re-opening of Killingworth Road (A189) in Gosforth due to over-running gas diversion works.

Essential gas works are currently taking place by Northern Gas Networks to divert three gas mains away from the section of carriageway due for improvement as part of the council’s multi-million road improvement scheme.

Newcastle Parks Trust - Feedback Sessions

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:48:33 +0000

Newcastle City Council would like to let residents and stakeholders know the latest position regarding its plan to create a Newcastle Parks Trust. 

To find out more about these feedback sessions, please see the flyer.

People invited to join discussion on improving air quality in Newcastle

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:34:43 +0000

Residents in Newcastle are invited to share their thoughts on how people, businesses and organisations across the city should tackle the problem of poor air quality.

Newcastle City Council will hold a policy cabinet meeting – which members of the public are invited to attend – next Thursday (1 Feb 2018).

The meeting will discuss the challenges caused by poor air quality, potential solutions and how the council and others, including public transport operators, business and residents can play their part in delivering cleaner air.

Fenham Remembers Project

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:45:15 +0000

The Heritage Lottery Fund project Fenham Remembers 1914-18, draws to a close in March and as part of a short programme of events during March they are having a music, poetry and songs event at St James & St Basil's Church on Saturday 3 March, 7pm.


This event will be delivered by the Fenham Ensemble as part of their on-going music activities, in partnership with Dame Allan's School.


Big Culture Conversation 2018

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:50:53 +0000

Free event for young people in Newcastle and Gateshead. 

Are you aged between 13-25?  Want more say in what's on offer for young people in your city?  Want to talk to top decision makers?  See the flyer for more information.

Council welcomes residents' input into junction proposals

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:06:43 +0000

Proposals for Blue House roundabout have reached a new milestone as Newcastle City Council considers recommendations from local residents and interest groups on the future of the Gosforth junction.

Following public backlash to a consultation in July 2016 to expand the junction on to Town Moor land, the council invited campaigners to work with them to develop alternative proposals.

Tributes paid to Children Safeguarding Board Chairmen Colin Morris

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:03:22 +0000

Local Authority leaders have paid tribute to a key figure in children’s safeguarding Colin Morris, who has passed away age 61.

Colin had 40 years’ experience working across a range of public services, including social work and with the NHS, and locally as the chair of both Newcastle and Sunderland’s Safeguarding Children Boards.

Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said

Ideas Mean Business!

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:47:57 +0000

Have you got a great business idea but don't know where to start? 

Come along to the Innovation Live events for 18-30 year olds, who are not in full-time employment, education or training. 

See the flyer for more information.

Pioneering Newcastle Parks charity seeks Chair and Trustees for founding board

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:26:58 +0000

An innovative, independent charity being set up by Newcastle City Council to run the city’s parks and allotments is seeking a dynamic Chair and Trustees (directors) for the founding Board.

The proposal for a charitable solution passed successfully through the City Council’s Cabinet in November of 2017. The proposal for the Newcastle Parks Trust has been three years in the making after extensive research and public consultation to remedy a situation where 90% of the parks budget has been culled due to Government cuts over a seven-year period.

North East leaders launch plan to transform the region

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:43:03 +0000

Plans for future transport investment in the North East and the wider North of England have been outlined today at an event marking the publication of a thirty year plan to drive economic growth.

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council and thematic lead for transport on the North East Combined Authority, and Andrew Hodgson, chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, who are both members of the Transport for the North Partnership Board launched the plan at Newcastle International Airport.

Shared services proposal gets the go-ahead

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:12:39 +0000

Plans for two North East councils to merge their transactional services have taken a major step forward.

Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet today (Mon Jan 15) approved the businesses case to share transactional services with Northumberland County Council subject to call-in by scrutiny. The county council’s cabinet agreed the proposal on Tuesday, January 9.

A Joint Committee will now be set up to start the process along with a formal consultation with staff and trade unions.

Losh Terrace Bungalows : Have Your Say

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:37:57 +0000

Local people are invited to give their views on plans for 51 bungalows at Losh Terrace, Walker for people aged 55 or over.

A drop-in session is being held 3pm-6pm on Wednesday 17 January, 2018 at Walker Activity Dome. Just come along when you've a few minutes to spare.

The development responds to demand by local people for accommodation most suitable for older residents who want to stay in the local Walker area.

Fenham Aqua School - Open Now!

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:18:03 +0000

Fenham Aqua School is now open at Fenham Pool. 

Find out more about group sessions and one to one lessons.

Vote for your Local Heroes

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:27:05 +0000

It’s that time of year again when local people are given the chance to nominate their suggestions for whom they believe should be added to NewcastleGateshead’s 'Walk of Fame'.

The nominees are recognised for their significant contribution to the region over the past sixty-years. It could be for a variety of subjects including business, community, entertainment, medicine, politics, science, sport, and the arts.  The person doesn’t have to originate from the region but needs to have played a major role in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Judge Rinder to visit Newcastle to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:41:50 +0000

Starting on 24th January, Newcastle will deliver a special programme of events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. 

It will commemorate those people who suffered and died, and those who tried to protect and save them, during the Holocaust and other Genocides. 

This year’s national theme is The Power of Words, chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Holocaust Memorial Day is Saturday 27th January.

In Newcastle there will be films, talks, art exhibitions, a conference (“10 Steps to Genocide”), poetry and the Brundibar Arts Festival. 

Red House Farm Community Festival

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:14:28 +0000

Newcastle City Council are holding a meeting to discuss a proposal to hold a community festival in Red House Farm. 

The meeting will take place on Monday 29 January 2018 from 6pm at Red House Farm JFC - details here.