North Tyneside Council

A third of the seats in North Tyneside were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 18 Total councillors 53 Change+2

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 6 Change-1

PartyLiberal Democrat

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

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North of Tyne vision set out

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ben O'Connell

The vision and six key priorities for the new North of Tyne Combined Authority have been approved.

The body held its first meeting on Thursday following the signing of a parliamentary order on the devolution deal, which will being powers and £600m of funding to the area.

The cabinet is made up of leaders from Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils.

The six 'pillars of ambition' are in a document called Home of Ambition which are based around a number of areas including investment, education, innovation and pride in communities.

The ballot for the first directly-elected mayor for the North of Tyne area will take place in May next year.

North of Tyne body holds first meeting

Luke Walton

BBC Look North

The North of Tyne combined authority is holding its first ever meeting this afternoon.

The North of Tyne plan follows decision of Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham to pull out pf the Government's North East devolution deal in 2016, leaving Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland to go it alone.

The authority will have powers over economic development, skills, training and housing.

Backers say it will create thousands of jobs and attract new investment and give the area a "seat at the national table" when it comes to lobbying for Government goodies.

But critics say the plan doesn't have cash, power or democratic legitimacy -ie wasn't put to a referendum - that it needs.

Next May, voters will elect a mayor to lead the new body.

North of Tyne Combined Authority meeting
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Plans for shopping development rejected to save biodiversity

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to open four new shops and a gym in Shiremoor, North Tyneside, have been rejected by councillors in a bid to save the area's trees and wildlife.

Members of the council's planning committee voted against the plans to expand a major new retail development next to Holystone roundabout by a narrow margin of five to four on Tuesday morning after concerns were raised about the project.

Councillor Muriel Green said: "I am concerned about the biodiversity.

Designs for a new retail complex
North Tyneside Council

"I have seen too many estates in the borough where there have been lots of promises made about replacing parts of the vegetation with various flora and trees, and it either has not happened or has happened 20 years later or has not been successful."

She added: "When you come off the A19 there is quite a wealth of vegetation, mature trees that cannot be replaced.

"I am not against the scheme, don't get me wrong, but I don't think enough consideration has been given to the biodiversity and the vegetation surrounding it."

Green light for Whitley Bay shop regeneration

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

North Tyneside Council have approved plans turn the pound shop in Whitley Bay town centre into a high end restaurant and bar.

More than 40 residents wrote to the council in support of the plans, which provide another boost to Whitley Bay's regeneration after the reopening of the town's famous Spanish City.

Former Pound Stretcher shop in Whitley Bay.
BBC

Planning committee chair Frank Lott said that the council needed to help drive more leisure opportunities to improve the vibrancy of it town centres.

Councillor Trish Brady echoed those thoughts and said: "We have been concerned about the decline in town centres and this does offer something that will be valuable in the community in Whitley Bay given the regeneration efforts taking place there."

Universal Credit: 80% of North Tyneside claimants are in debt

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Laura Hill

Six months after Universal Credit was introduced in North Tyneside, 80% of claimants are in debt.

More than £500,000 is owed by Universal Credit tenants, an average of £530 per tenant.

The scheme was introduced in April 2018 with 255 claimants. By September, 10,974 people were receiving Universal Credit.

A report to North Tyneside Council's housing committee said: "As expected there has been a significant increase in the number of council housing tenants on Universal Credit since full service went live."

Universal Credit is one single payment from the Department of Work and Pensions which replaced six other benefits - housing benefit, income support, employment and support allowance, job seekers, child tax credit and working tax credit.

The switch usually leads to a five week wait before the first payment.

North Tyneside Council's housing committee report says it is often longer.

A spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions said: "Universal Credit (UC) simplifies an out-of-date, complex system with evidence showing that claimants are getting into work faster and staying in work longer.

"Our research shows that many people join Universal Credit with pre-existing arrears, but the proportion of people with arrears falls by a third after four months on UC.

"Anyone moving to UC from housing benefit is paid an additional two weeks of payment.

"We have also invested up to £200m in Universal Support which provides budgeting advice and digital support, delivered by local authorities."

Council chief gets £11,000 pay rise

Daniel Holland

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.

Pat Ritchie
BBC

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

Probe as Cullercoats beach water quality deteriorates

Investigators are working to discover why the sea water at a North Tyneside beach is no longer rated as good.

The water at Cullercoats is currently labelled "sufficient" with the impact of animals, the misconnection of pipes going into the sea and heavy rainfall all being possible contributing factors.

The Environment Agency is leading the investigation, alongside Northumbrian Water and North Tyneside Council.

Thirty-two of 34 bathing waters in the North East are rated as "excellent" or "good" - with just two ranked as "sufficient".

Council bosses 'spent more than £110,000 travelling abroad'

Bosses at Newcastle City Council have racked up bills of more than £110,000 travelling abroad to places like Barcelona, the USA and South Africa.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that 365 individual flights and hotel bookings were made in five years.

Bookings included a trip to Shanghai for a Northern Powerhouse delegation meeting with George Osborne.

It was the most expensive single item at just over £3,200.

Council bosses also made three trips to Italy for meetings about an issue with the Tyne Tunnel.

In comparison, neighbouring authority Gateshead Council made just eight overseas trips in the past five years and North Tyneside Council only two.

We attend overseas events to promote the city on an international stage. This helps us to attract major investment and bring new development, creating jobs and strengthening our economy."

Fortnightly bin collections to begin

North Tyneside Council is the latest local authority in the region to change its household waste collections

It comes into effect from next week with domestic rubbish being collected one week and recycling the next.

North Tyneside has the worst recycling rate in Tyne and Wear and council bosses hope the new collection scheme will encourage more recycling.

Bins
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