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'Body parts' waste site future discussed

BBC Newcastle

The Environment Agency is meeting today to discuss the future of a medical waste disposal facility on a North Tyneside industrial estate.

Hundred of tonnes of body parts and clinical waste have remained untreated on the site at Benton since the firm responsible for it ceased trading more than a year ago.

Healthcare Environmental Services was stripped of its NHS contracts after it was found to be storing three times the permitted limit of waste.

Waste site at Benton

Mary Glindon, the Labour MP for North Tyneside, said she wanted to get to the bottom of why the waste had lain there so long.

"I've been on to government ministers over the last year, the Environment Agency, trying to get this sorted out.

"It was a company that sadly wasn't able to keep going but there was no-one saying 'well let's get this stuff sorted'.

"And for me, the big worry is the public health issue."

Pub praised for tyre fire evacuation aid

A Wallsend pub which opened its doors to residents forced to flee their homes due to a nearby fire has been praised by police.

More than 100 people took refuge in the Anson Public House on Sunday after the blaze at a tyre yard on Sunday.

A large number of tyres caught light, and gas cylinders also exploded, so as a precaution a cordon was set up and a number of properties were evacuated.

As well as providing temporarily shelter, pub staff served free tea, coffee, juice and water during the night, and helped accommodate beloved pets.

Officers from Northumbria Police joined North Tyneside's elected mayor Norma Redfearn in presenting them with an Area Commander’s Commendation.

Anson Public House staff
Northumbria Police

People in Wallsend are the salt of the earth and this is about what real communities do for each other in their hour of need. I’m incredibly proud and grateful for the way everybody has responded and taken care of each other during a very serious incident.”

Norma Redfearn,Elected mayor of North Tyneside

Consultation on air quality proposals closed

A six-week consultation on plans for a clean air toll on Tyneside has ended, with more than 2,700 people giving their feedback.

The proposals, developed by Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside councils, include a city centre Clean Air Zone affecting buses, taxis, HGVs and vans that do not meet emissions standards, along with financial support for vehicle upgrades, exemptions and grace periods to help those affected.

They were developed in response to a legal order which demanded action from local authorities to bring pollution levels at certain locations to within legal limits in the shortest possible time, and reflect feedback from an earlier consultation in which 19,000 people responded.

Once the latest findings have been analysed the final plans will be considered by the three council's cabinet members before they are submitted for government approval.

Taxi drivers fear Newcastle clean air zone could put them out of business

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Taxi drivers across Tyneside say plans to introduce a clean air zone in the centre of Newcastle could put them out of business.

If approved, by 2021 older diesel taxis will be charged £12.50 a day for driving into the city, while lorries that don't meet emissions standards will be charged £50.

Private cars will be exempt from the charge.

A consultation on the idea ended at midnight.

Tyne Bridge
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Ministers urged to agree £337m North East transport boost

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Daniel Holland

A "monumental" overhaul of the North East’s public transport has moved one step closer.

A final bid for £377m of government cash to fund major upgrades to the region’s public transport network will be submitted to the government in the coming days.

The money could help fund the re-opening of a disused rail line between Newcastle and Northumberland, more frequent Metro trains, station revamps, and cycle route improvements.

Leaders from the area’s seven local councils and North of Tyne mayor have agreed to approve the final bid for submission.

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