Sunderland City Council

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Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 17 Total councillors 61 Change-4

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 5 Total councillors 8 Change+2

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 6 Change+3

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-1
Councillors change compared with 2014

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More than 1,600 complaints in three months over missed bin collections

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Chris Binding

Sunderland City Council has received more than 1,600 complaints over missed bin collections in just three months.

Last Thursday Sunderland City Council's scrutiny coordinating committee heard updated complaints figures.

Between April and June this year, 1,951 complaints were received for corporate services with 1,606 linked to missed bin collections.

Complaints manager Marie Johnston said the bin collection figures should be viewed in the context of the service and its size.

A report, presented to the committee, said this includes the council servicing 1.6 million containers across the entire city, leading to a "dissatisfaction rate of 0.01 per cent".

The overall number of corporate complaints also saw a 41% decrease from the same period the previous year, with 71% of complaints responded to within 15 working days.

Wheelie bins
BBC

Row as road named after ex-council leader 'without consultation'

BBC Newcastle

A new road on Wearside is causing a political row having been named after a former Sunderland City Council leader.

The road heading from Wessington Way towards the Northern Spire bridge (pictured) has been called Paul Watson Way.

Mr Watson died last year at the age of 63 after suffering from bowel cancer.

Liberal Democrat opposition councillor Niall Hodson says there was no consultation on the decision and he thinks the public should have had a say.

Northern Spire
BBC

Appeal to catch the fly-tippers blighting Sunderland

A country lane in Sunderland has been hit by fly-tippers twice in a matter of days.

Bags of rubbish, including building waste and large gas bottles, were left in Fox Cover Lane in Sunderland.

The hidden lane connects East Herrington to the A183 Chester Road, near Penshaw Monument.

Sunderland city council member Stuart Porthouse took this picture.

The rubbish in Fox Cover Lane
Stuart Porthouse

We need hard-hitting fines'.'

Stuart Porthouse

Sunderland City Council environment councillor Amy Wilson said: ''We will not hesitate to use our increased enforcement powers to investigate fly-tippers and take all appropriate action against individuals whose behaviour affects our environment.

"Our residents also have a huge part to play in helping us to address environmental crimes of this nature by reporting any concerns they may have to Sunderland.gov.uk or on 0191 520 5550.''

Discount chain applies for 24-hour booze licence

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Discount chain Home Bargains has applied for a 24-hour alcohol licence for a proposed store in Sunderland.

The retailer has made the submission to Sunderland City Council (SCC) after being given permission to take over part of B&Q’s store in Trimdon Street earlier this year.

However, there is still no indication when the company will move in or open the new venture to the public.

A spokesperson for Home Bargains said: “While we don’t have anything to announce at the moment, we’d encourage people to register on our careers website so we can contact them if roles become available in their region.

“As a result of our constant growth, we’re always looking for new staff across the country.”

B&Q did not comment on the application, other than to clarify it is not the owner of the Trimdon Street site.

Comments on the application can be submitted to SCC until Tuesday, September 11.

Sunderland councillors call for fly-tipping crackdown

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Opposition councillors in Sunderland are calling for a crackdown on fly-tipping at a Sunderland quarry after a number of fires in recent months.

Firefighters were called to a fire in the field adjacent to Ford Quarry last Monday - the second large fire in the area since May.

City Liberal Democrats claim that fly-tipping has been a problem in the area for years and have previously sponsored a petition to install a gate on the land leading to the quarry.

Liberal Democrat Councillors Martin Haswell and George Smith
Local Democracy Reporting Service

In the last 12 months, the council has received 15 reports of fly-tipping at the Ford Quarry and St Luke's Road Areas.

Councillor Martin Haswell, of Ford Ward, and councillor George Smith, of Pallion Ward, have called for "decisive action" to tackle the issue.

Following the recent fire, the council created temporary earth works to prevent vehicles getting on to the site.

Work 'paves way' for major manufacturing hub

Work on what has been described as "one of the most significant national development sites at the heart of the North East" has begun.

Planning permission has been granted for an International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) on a 150-hectare area of land, north of Nissan that sits between Sunderland and South Tyneside authority areas.

The councils are working together, alongside development partner Henry Boot Developments, on preparatory groundwork on phase one of the site.

An announcement on which company will be housed there will be made soon.

It is hoped that over the next ten to 15 years, the park will support more than £400m of private sector investment, and create 7,000 jobs.

Construction work at manufacturing park
IAMP North East

Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham councils to keep using glyphosate

Local Democracy Reporting Service

There are no plans to stop council workers in South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland using the weedkiller glyphosate, despite a US court ruling in favour of a gardener who claimed the chemical caused his terminal cancer.

Sunderland City Council, South Tyneside Council and Durham County Council all say that they are satisfied that it is safe to use by 'trained and competent staff'.

Last week, a jury in California ruled it had "substantially" contributed to groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis in 2014.

It led to manufacturer Monsanto, which uses the substance in its Roundup range, being ordered to pay £226m in damages.

Glyphosate is a common ingredient in weedkillers and widely available. For the council, only qualified staff administer weedkillers. The council continues to monitor guidance and should the Environment Agency and DEFRA change their guidance the council will change its procedures."

Councillor Amy WilsonCabinet member for environment and transport for Sunderland City Council

We take the health and safety of our workforce extremely seriously. We will continue to monitor national guidance on the use of weedkiller and will review our procedures should this prove necessary."

Jimmy BennettClean and green manager at Durham County Council

A statement on Monsanto's website said "more than 800 scientific studies and reviews" have proved glyphosate does not cause cancer and said it would appeal against the court's ruling.

Sunderland Civic Centre partially closed after heavy rain

Part of Sunderland Civic Centre had to be closed following heavy rain.

A number of rooms had to be shut on Monday and Tuesday for safety checks and cleaning.

The closure comes after it was revealed a £44,500 report on the state of the building was still waiting to be made public more than a year since being completed.

Conservative opposition leader, Coun Robert Oliver, said the site was "showing its age".

A spokeswoman for the centre said more information on the building's future would be released in due course.

Sunderland Civic Centre
BBC