Newcastle City Council

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Council 'struggling' to get government promise over clean air cash

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Controversial plans for a clean air toll in the city centre would fall apart if the government refuses to stump up the cash to fund them, Newcastle’s Labour leader has warned.

The local authority plans to impose daily charges on some high-polluting vehicles, but Nick Forbes said he was “struggling” to get concrete promises from ministers over the massive project.

Mr Forbes told a cabinet meeting yesterday evening it would be “incomprehensible” for ministers to demand anti-pollution action from the council by 2021 but not fund measures such as grants to upgrade older taxis and lorries, as well as the technology needed to enforce the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) tolls.

Under the CAZ proposal, coaches, buses and lorries will be charged £50 daily to drive into the city centre from 2021 if they do not meet emissions standards. High-polluting taxis and vans will also pay £12.50, but private cars have been made exempt for now.

The final proposals are due to be submitted to the government in November after a six-week public consultation.

Vehicles crossing the Tyne Bridge
BBC

Elswick pool due to reopen after a four years

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A Tyneside swimming pool is due to reopen after a four-year battle to save it from permanent closure.

Elswick Pool in the West End of Newcastle was closed by Newcastle City Council in October 2015 due to budget cuts.

The closure sparked major protests from residents in the area, however the council said the pool could open again if a financially viable business plan was put in place for the community to run it.

Earlier this year, the lease was handed over to Elswick Community Pool and Leisure Centre.

Elswick Pool
Newcastle City Council

Northern Powerhouse bosses to probe future of HS2

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership says it will carry out its own investigation into the HS2 rail link, amid fears it could be scrapped.

It has been revealed that the scheme, which would connect the north to London and the Midlands, is already tens of billions of pounds over budget.

HS2
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The leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes is among those over-seeing the review, and its findings will be shared with a government-commissioned probe of the scheme.

The Department for Transport said the delivery plans of complex projects evolve over time.

A spokesman added: "We regularly keep Parliament and members of the public updated on the progress of the project."

Clampdown on speeding cars in Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Traffic-calming measures are to be installed on a road in Newbiggin Hall after 94% of drivers using the route were found to be speeding.

Etal Way has a 20 mile an hour limit.

Newcastle City Council says speedbumps and double yellow lines are being put down to get motorists to ease off on the accelerator.

Etal Way
GOOGLE

Following complaints from councillors, bus companies and residents, the council has cut the number of proposed sets of speed bumps from 12 to eight.

Similar measures are also being taken on two speeding hotspots in Fenham, where the council says it has had numerous complaints of “cars and motorbikes racing”.

Speed bumps will be installed along the full length of Wingrove Road North and Moorside North.

Scotswood Road 'most pothole-plagued'

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

If the Geordie anthem Blaydon Races had been written today, the lyrics might have contained a health and safety warning about the road surface.

Scotswood Road has been named Newcastle's pothole capital, with 102 complaints last year.

Across the city, the number of reports rose to 21,000 - an increase of almost 6,000 on the previous year - costing the council more than £315,000.

Council bosses are blaming the Beast from the East and a lack of funding for the subsequent repair bill.

Repaired pothole on Scotswood Road
BBC