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Newcastle City Council
There has been a boundary change in Newcastle upon Tyne. Although there are no more or less seats, these ones have never been contested before.
To work out change, our experts have analysed previous results to say who the seats would have belonged to in other elections.
Election 2018 Results
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 56||Total councillors 56||Change+1|
|Elected in 2018 19||Total councillors 19||Change-1|
|Elected in 2018 3||Total councillors 3||ChangeNo results|
|Councillors change compared with 2016|
Local Democracy Reporting Service
An extra 19,000 trees will be planted in Newcastle by 2050, council leaders are planning.
Earlier this year Newcastle was named as the tree-felling capital of the UK although it said they were only cut "for good reason or necessity". But is has now unveiled major plans to significantly boost Tyneside's tree canopy cover.
Newcastle City Council has also promised to significantly improve its tree monitoring and reporting systems and publish yearly updates detailing every tree that has been planted or felled in the city.
The first stage of the new tree-planting programme will begin in November, with £100,000 earmarked to kickstart the plan in its first year.
On 15 October, the council's cabinet will be asked to agree the city's new tree strategy, which has been significantly rewritten for the first time since 2002, and open a six-week public consultation, before the plans are formally adopted in April 2019.
A huge LED screen, a statue of a "Geordie giant" and a sports complex are in the pipeline for Newcastle's answer to the London Eye.
The proposed "Whey Aye" would become Europe's tallest observation wheel, and at nearly 460ft (140m) would dwarf both the Tyne Bridge and the Angel of the North.
World Wheel Company believes the project on the Quayside could create up to 550 jobs and generate about £100m if permission is granted for it to open by 2021.
The company said a planning application will be submitted to Newcastle City Council later this year.
Local Democracy Reporter
Newcastle Falcons has promised to "never jeopardise" its relationship with the community after being granted a licence to host a series of new events at Kingston Park.
The club will be able to host up to 10 events a year and sell alcohol from marquees on the club's west stand training pitch, councillors have ruled.
After a number of objections from residents over "wholly inappropriate" noise disruption at the rugby stadium, the club's lawyer told Newcastle City Council that "rugby is and always will be the primary activity taking place".
Richard Arnot, of law firm Ward Hadaway, also ruled out the prospect of the ground hosting concerts.
Both the council's environmental health department and Northumbria Police withdrew initial objections to the plans after an event management plan was agreed with the Falcons.
None of the objectors to the proposal attended the civic centre hearing.
Local Democracy Reporter
Newcastle City Council's chief executive has received a pay rise of more than £11,000.
Council papers show Pat Ritchie's salary has now risen to £180,285 - almost £30,000 more than she was earning two years ago.
The new salary, which was agreed by an appraisal panel, brings Ms Ritchie (pictured) roughly in line with new Sunderland City Council chief executive Patrick Melia, though some way behind the highest-paid council heads in Durham and Northumberland.
A Newcastle City Council spokesman said: "Following the 2% national pay award for chief executives, the three point salary range for Newcastle's chief executive Pat Ritchie now ranges from £164,832 to £180,285.
"Her pay remains lower than many other council chief executives."
The median salary across the council is £23,111.
Deputy Lib Dem opposition leader Coun Nick Cott, said: "This raises issues of fairness and value for money at a time when council finances continue to be under great strain.
"We are also conscious that a significant part of the chief executive's role relates to partnership working with other public sector organisations, where the council is not directly responsible for delivery and achievement of key objectives."
Other North East council chief executive salaries:
- Durham - £192,493
- Northumberland - £189,999
- Sunderland - £180,285
- Gateshead - £161,490
- South Tyneside - £155,770
- North Tyneside - £147,915
People in a Newcastle suburb are fighting back against plans to put a drug and alcohol recovery centre for addicts in the local library.
During a heated public meeting in Fenham last night residents said they felt deceived after the initial planning application referred to the unit as a "health and well being hub" with no mention of addiction services.
Local school heads have also said they were opposed, as children use the library independently and go to the swimming baths next to it.
Newcastle City Council said the facility would begin with reduced hours as part of a phased launch and the intention was to open it outside of school hours.
Local Democracy Reporter
Residents opposing plans to open a recovery hub for drug and alcohol addicts at a community library confronted council bosses in a fiery meeting.
Dozens of furious neighbours packed into a small room in Fenham Library to take Newcastle City Council chiefs to task over the hugely controversial decision.
The local authority was accused of "doing things by the back door" and acting in "a deceitful and underhanded way" at the angry debate.
Throughout the process of obtaining planning permission for the project, council documents referred to the new development only as a "health and wellbeing hub" - with no mention of addiction recovery services.
The council admitted at the heated meeting on Thursday afternoon that it should have consulted more with residents, but maintained that the proposal is "necessary" to reduce the city's drug problem and to save the library from closure.
Many residents have said that they will not take their children to a centre used by recovering addicts, though the council stresses that it will not house clinical services, prescription distribution or a needle exchange.
Eugene Milne, the city's director of public health, said: "If we don't do this, we will lose the money. The money will go and the library will close.
"We won't have the facility and if we don't have the facility to support people getting off drugs and alcohol that means we will have more people who don't recover.
Residents demanded that building work to transform the library is halted until a full consultation is carried out.
However, Mr Milne told the meeting that he does not expect a new consultation will take place. The authority says that the new facility will be designed to support addicts and their families by providing access to private consultations, a gym and a café. There will also be health and nutrition advice, space for family activities, counselling services, and stop smoking support.
A number of residents said they feared drug dealers would target recovering addicts using the centre and that children could pick up pills and needles would be left nearby.
Councillor Kim McGuinness, the council's cabinet member for culture, sport and public health, promised that the council would have a "proper look" at reviewing its consultation process and that a second public meeting would be held at a larger venue next Thursday.
As Newcastle City Council warns amateur footballers they could be kicked off the pitch if they're caught weeing on it, we thought a handy guide to peeing in public might be useful.
So, is it allowed?
Possibly - as long as you are not "disorderly" about it.
According to The College of Policing, you could fall foul of local byelaws if, for example, you relieve yourself in a shop doorway.
But displaying more "exhibitionist" tendencies (in England and Wales) might lead to a charge of disorderly behaviour under Section 5 of the 1986 Public Order Act.
It appears confining your activities to the back wheel of your car (men) and a policeman's helmet (pregnant women) makes no difference - though we would not advise you to test the latter.