Newcastle under Lyme Council

There has been a boundary change in Newcastle-under-Lyme and there are 16 fewer seats than before.


To work out change, our experts have analysed previous results to say what the seats would have been in other elections.


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Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 20 Total councillors 20 Change-3

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 18 Total councillors 18 Change+3

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 3 Change+3

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 3 ChangeNo results

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-3
Councillors change compared with 2016

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Caravans among tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish

Allen Cook

BBC News

Several caravans and about 20 tonnes of rubbish have been fly-tipped near an industrial estate.

The fly-tipping
Staffordshire County Council

The waste, at Chemical Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is due to be cleared later by councils and a metal recycler.

Describing it as a "major and costly incident", the authorities said the clean-up should be done in a day but the road would be temporarily closed.

The borough council added it was considering installing CCTV cameras in the area to try and stop further fly-tipping.

The fly-tipping
Staffordshire County Council

Taxi drivers facing new charges

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Here are some of the Staffordshire stories being covered by the Local Democracy Reporting Service:

  • Taxi drivers are facing new council charges in Newcastle-under-Lyme including £43 to change the colour of their cab
  • The rainbow flag will be flown by Cannock Chase Council next month, five months ahead of the area's first LGBT Pride event
  • Full meetings of Cannock Chase Council could start two hours later in the future to make them easier for councillors with work and other commitments to go to
Taxi sign
BBC

Council agrees to reopen leisure centre

Allen Cook

BBC News

A community group says it will "work even harder" to get a leisure centre reopened after getting council backing.

Kidsgrove Leisure Centre
BBC

Kidsgrove Sports Centre closed in 2017 due to increasing costs, with Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council at the time saying it needed £2.4m spending over seven years.

But a number of people weren't happy at the move and set up a group to look at reopening part of the facility, but not the swimming pool due to costs.

This week, the council backed new proposals which included a "phased" reopening of the pool as estimated costs of £3.26m were lower than originally thought.

The authority's now setting up an all-party panel to make a formal recommendation on reopening the centre to the full council.

University to build 26,000-panel solar farm

Allen Cook

BBC News

Thousands of solar panels are going to be built on fields around a university to generate power for students.

Artist's impression of what the panels and wind turbines might look like
Keele University

Keele University's been given planning permission for the solar farm and two wind turbines by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

The authority said the benefit of the scheme, which would provide power for halls of residence and teaching facilities, outweighed the harm to the green belt.

The university hasn't said when work will start on installing the 26,000 solar panels, but says it's part of its plan to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Auditors refuse to sign off council accounts

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Auditors have refused to sign off the annual accounts for Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, after discovering "fairly big errors" in the authority’s financial data.

Grant Thornton told councillors it had discovered an increased pension liability of £2.3m, and concerns about the valuation of some properties.

Cash
Getty Images

The auditors said one of the issues had been the retirement of a senior council finance officer, who had been doing the job for five decades and held a lot of information "in his head".

There were some fairly big errors in these accounts and we are working through them with officers. We think the working papers need to be strengthened so they are clearer as to how the accounts work.”

Philip JonesGrant Thornton

Taxi changes scrapped by council after protests

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Plans to revamp taxi licensing by a council have been watered down after pressure from drivers over the cost.

Sign for taxi
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

Among the changes wanted by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council were for all new taxis to be electric, to help reduce emissions, and only allowing vehicles under four years old to be registered for use as taxis.

But firms said the changes could increase costs for customers and lead to a mass exodus of operators looking for "friendlier" boroughs.

This week, the council agreed to abandon the requirement that all new vehicles must be electric and will allow them to be up to seven years old.

It also scrapped a proposed penalty points system for driver indiscretions.

Taxi drivers 'could leave borough' over new policy

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Burn

Taxi drivers will be forced out of a town if a new licensing policy's introduced, according to local companies.

Taxi sign
BBC

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council's drawing up the fresh policy which includes new rules for vehicle testing and a cut in the age limit for vehicles.

But firms have said the changes could increase costs for customers and lead to a mass exodus of operators looking for 'friendlier' boroughs.

The council's said it's listened to feedback from the taxis and made changes but believes its first priority is keeping passengers safe.

The authority's licensing committee meets this evening to agree any further alterations to the proposed policy.

Lack of official traveller sites blamed on 'nimbys'

Jennie Aitken

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A council's admitted it could take years to set up an official transit site for travellers.

The traveller group in Clayton
BBC

It comes as one group of travellers who were evicted from Wolstanton Marsh, Newcastle-under-Lyme, yesterday have moved to a nearby patch of open land in Clayton.

The council and Staffordshire Police said they were working on getting another court order to move them on.

But, overall, the borough council has said it's faced local opposition over any plan to find an official site for them.

We have the 'nimby' problem, not in my back yard. I identified a site near to where the existing, permanent travellers site is up at Keele but up in arms and it was far away from people but no. Not in my back yard."

Councillor Trevor JohnsonNewcastle-under-Lyme cabinet member for environment

College to get 'wands' to fight knife crime

Hazel Morgan

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A new security policy is being introduced at a college in Staffordshire in an attempt to prevent knife crime on campus.

Newcastle-under-Lyme College
Google

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council says £1,000 has been given to the town''s college to spend on metal-detecting "knife wands" which will be used for random checks from September.

It comes as 708 knife crimes were recorded last year in Staffordshire by police - up 6% on the year before.

Students and staff at the college have told BBC Radio Stoke it'll make them feel safer knowing searches are taking place.